On January 15th,media reported that Fiat Chrysler (FCA) might join BMW and Daimler’s self-driving alliance. BMW and Daimler’s self-driving alliance is likely to attract more partners, while Fiat Chrysler will be the most likely target. It is reported that Volkswagen’s Audi in early September last year at the Frankfurt Motor Show officially announced the joining the alliance to jointly develop advanced driver assistance systems. The move makes sense for all three companies, which hope to bring fully autonomous driving technology to market within the next 10 years.
BMW and Daimler struck a partnership last July to focus on level 4 driver assistance systems, autonomous highway driving and automatic parking. Their goal is to apply these systems to passenger cars by 2024.
Fiat Chrysler is currently working with Waymo, the self-driving arm of Google’s parent company Alphabet, which supplies thousands of Pacifica self-driving minivans.
In early January, AutoX, a self-driving car start-up, announced a partnership with Fiat Chrysler (FCA) to launch the Self-Driving Taxi PacificaX.