Fiat and Google join forces to develop self-driving tech

Fiat and Google join forces to develop self-driving tech

Fiat Chrysler has revealed it is supplying a raft of vans to Google in a bid to help the tech firm step up its testing of .

Described as the biggest tie-up between a motor manufacturer and Silicon Valley, the deal will see Fiat hand over 100 Chrysler Pacifica vans.

Google has been building and testing driverless cars for more than six years, covering more than 1.6 million miles in the process.

The firm, which has said that driverless cars could be on our roads as early as 2020, is now seeking to boost the number of road tests it carries out.

It is hoped the deal, as part of which Fiat will loan engineers to help with the integration of the technology, will accelerate the development of self-driving vehicles.

John Krafcik, head of self-driving cars at Google, said: "The opportunity to work closely with [Fiat] engineers will accelerate our efforts to develop a fully self-driving car that will make our roads safer."

Observers have suggested the agreement could help to make Fiat one of Google's biggest suppliers, and see it become one of the most important manufacturers for self-driving cars in the market.

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