Fiat Chrysler reportedly in talks to partner with Google's self-driving car group

Google's self-driving car division may be getting some extra backing from established auto industry player Fiat Chrysler. According to a new report, the two firms are already in late-stage talks to collaborate on the tech giant's self-driving car efforts.

According to The Wall Street Journal:

The talks have been ongoing for several months, this person said. Alphabet has been seeking industry partnerships with the biggest auto makers in the world, offering a deal to sell self-driving car technology that has been under development for several years.

The story adds that Fiat Chrysler's CEO Sergio Marchionne has reportedly been looking for partners to help offset costs for some time, and that the car company could even team up with a tech business like Google.

A few months ago, rumors hit that Google and Ford were in talks to form a joint venture to build self-driving cars, but that alliance was never announced.

John Callaham