Software behemoth Google is close to signing a deal which will see the world's seventh largest automaker, Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles build their upcoming driverless cars.
According to Reuters, the partnership between the two corporations could be announced soon. The agreement will see the Silicon Valley giant and Fiat-Chrysler join hands to expedite the entry of automated cars into the market.
Google has stated earlier that it was not looking to build its own cars and has been looking to partner up with automakers for a while now. Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne stated earlier this week that his company was in talks with a software company to produce driverless cars. He also stated that the talks were at an advanced stage.
Google's parent company Alphabet Inc had earlier been talking with Ford in 2015, regarding the production of automated cars and there was talk of a partnership being announced at CES 2016 in Las Vegas. However, the partnership never materialized.
However, companies like the Ford Motor Company and German automaker Mercedes-Benz have been vary of teaming up with Google or any other Silicon Valley software companies, as they fear that any such tie up would relegate them into the role of hardware suppliers.