Days after abandoning merger talks with France’s Renault , Fiat Chrysler is joining forces with Silicon Valley-based technology upstart Aurora to build driverless cars.
The two companies said Monday they had signed an agreement to integrate Aurora’s self-driving platform into Fiat Chrysler’s commercial vehicle lines in the U.S.
However they dint disclose the financials and quantity of cars signed in the agreement.
“As part of FCA’s autonomous vehicle strategy, we will continue to work with strategic partners to address the needs of customers in a rapidly changing industry,” Mike Manley, Fiat’s chief executive officer, said in a statement.
“Aurora brings a unique skillset combined with advanced and purposeful technology that complements and enhances our philosophy on self-driving.” — he added.
Aurora has already partnered with some of industires big names like Volkswagen and Hyundai.
Earlier this year Aurora raised $530 million , in a round that was backed by leading venture capital firm Sequoia and e-commerce titan Amazon.
Fiat Chrysler’s has just stared its focus on self driving cars and ultra-luxury Maserati line will be the first brand to use self-driving tech developed by BMW.
Just last week, it was reported that Apple was looking to buy driverless shuttle service Drive.ai.
The race toward full self-driving cars has become a heated one, with tech firms and automakers alike looking to make waves in the field.