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Maserati to use self-driving technology developed with BMW

CarAdvice.com.au logo CarAdvice.com.au 6 days ago Derek Fung

a close up of a logo © Provided by Caradvice.com.au Pty Ltd John Elkann, chairman of Fiat Chrysler (FCA), has announced Maserati will be the first brand in the company's portfolio to make use of autonomous vehicle technology jointly developed with BMW.

According to Automotive News, Elkann made the announcement during a speech in Turin, but didn't state when the technology would be first offered in a production vehicle. He also didn't indicate which Maserati vehicle will be the first to be offered with the technology. In August 2017, Fiat Chrysler joined a self-driving vehicle technology consortium led by BMW and Mobileye, an automotive parts supplier owned by computer chip maker Intel. FCA also has a relationship with Waymo, Google's autonomous vehicle arm. Waymo currently has an open order for 62,000 Chrysler Pacifica people movers, which it plans to convert into self-driving taxis at its new facility in Detroit.

The search giant will also use 20,000 Jaguar I-Pace electric crossovers in a similar manner. Maserati has been going through a rough patch lately, with global sales down 32% during the first quarter of this year following on from a 28% drop in 2018. The company has recently reconfirmed it plans to completely renew its range by 2022. While it will be FCA's electrification spearhead, the brand will not go fully electric as it needs the "raw emotion" of internal combustion engines.

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