Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has reached an agreement to source self-driving technology from a California start-up, Aurora Innovation.
Aurora was founded in 2017 by former executives from Google, Tesla and Uber, and is developing hardware and software to enable cars to drive themselves.
The New York Times reports that Fiat Chrysler said it planned to put the Aurora Driver system in commercial vehicles.
Neither company offered a time frame for when such vehicles would be on the road.
The New York Times says that Fiat Chrysler’s chief executive, Mike Manley, said in a statement, ‘Aurora brings a unique skill set combined with advanced and purposeful technology that complements and enhances our approach to self-driving.’
The agreement, whose financial terms were not disclosed, underscores the heavy emphasis automakers are placing on self-driving cars for their future. According to The New York Times, it also puts Fiat Chrysler in position to join the race to field autonomous vehicles, alongside General Motors, Ford, Waymo, Uber and others.