Fiat Chrysler Talking With Uber and Amazon About Potential Alliances

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is said to be in the early stages of talks with Uber and Amazon for mobility and self-driving car services.

The automaker has been in discussions with Uber about a partnership with the ride-hailing service that could begin later this year, according people familiar with the matter. Uber has also been in talks with several other automakers, said another source who asked not be named.

Fiat also has had initial contacts with on self-driving vehicles for the web retailer’s deliveries, these sources said. Like the Uber discussions, no agreements have been reached and negotiations could still fall apart.

Fiat Chrysler, Uber, and Amazon, declined to comment on their potential alliances.

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This comes soon after Fiat Chrysler’s alliance with Google was announced for 100 prototype Chrysler Pacifica self-driving minivans. Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne has been pursuing partnerships with several technology companies, including offering to build a car for Apple Inc.

“The question here is if Fiat Chrysler is right in working with new industry participants or it should rather try to compete with them like the other carmakers are doing,” said Massimo Vecchio, an analyst at Mediobanca in Milan. “We believe that the scenario where every carmaker develops its own autonomous driving is another example of capital wasting in the industry.”

Uber offers access to a large fleet of cars to gather data and help improve systems. Uber has expressed interest in deploying self-driving cars, and has conducted a test project in Pittsburgh. Uber joined with Google in April to create an advocacy group for safety regulations for self-driving vehicles.

The Detroit News