Fiat Chrysler has taken a major step toward the development of a self-driving car. BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye, an Intel company, have signed a memorandum of understanding for FCA to join them in developing a “state-of-the-art” autonomous driving platform.
“Joining this cooperation will enable FCA to directly benefit from the synergies and economies of scale that are possible when companies come together with a common vision and objective,” said FCA Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne. His company will bring engineering and other technical resources to the group. Each partner will retain their own brand identities.
In July 2016, BMW Group, Intel, and Mobileye announced they were joining forces to make self-driving vehicles a reality by collaborating to bring solutions for highly automated driving (Level 3) and fully automated driving (Level 4/5) into production by 2021.
The group said it remains on track to deploy 40 autonomous test vehicles on the road by the end of this year.
Volvo’s owner, Chinese automaker Geely, said it has no plan to make a bid to acquire FCA. Automotive News reported that an unknown China based automaker had made a bid for FCA that was rejected, and that other auto companies in that country were mulling over the idea making an offer for FCA.
One week from today, VW will formally introduce the 2018 T-Roc, a compact crossover that will fit in the Volks lineup just below the Tiguan. Will it come to the U.S.? I have seen rumors that it will appear in 2019 here and others say it will not. We will find out, hopefully, in a week’s time.
VW did release a teaser video you can see at:
A prototype appeared at the Geneva Auto Show back in 2014.