FCA Design Boss Says Industry Needs To Collaborate On Autonomous Cars

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles design chief Ralph Gilles believes that automakers will have to collaborate with each other to create true automotive autonomy.

During a keynote speech at the Chicago Auto Show, Gilles said that many automakers are doing it alone when it comes to self-driving cars but believes brands will have to work together while also forcing infrastructural developments.

“Everybody’s out there trying to do it alone… but I think it’s going to require unforeseen collaboration. How can competitive industries join together … to get things done?” he asked.

Speaking more broadly about the technologies now being implemented in new vehicles, Gilles said that electrification has changed automotive design. Now, the wheels of a vehicle can be placed at the very corners due to the lack of traditional front-mounted combustion engines.

Gilles also asserted that advanced features like ultrasonic sensors, ultra-high-definition cameras and radar, now exclusive to luxury vehicles, will find their way into entry-level cars in the coming years, reports Automotive News.


  • Astonman

    It would cut cost down for us end users.

    • Sébastien

      and deliver much faster

  • BGM

    I wish they would just turn off those f*cking high beam DRLs….

  • getoffme

    In other words, FCA would like to STEAL the technology from the other manufacturers.

    • pcurve

      lol… that never crossed my mind, but FCA is definitely so far behind.

  • Navy P. Morroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Gilles should collaborate with his boss, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Sergio Marchionne, to expand the Chrysler portfolio then add autonomous driving to the new products to increase sales for profit margins as the flagship brand; instead, it seems like Jeep is the flagship brand with its popular crossovers and SUVs, and, of course, new products that Chrysler is lacking regardless of a two-year-old now discontinued 200 and a new minivan. Chrysler needs crossovers and a replacement of the aging 300 to increase profitability and become more competitive even if the brand is known for questionable reliability.

  • Bob Smith

    Ralph should pay more attention to his own job. For some odd reason, fca is not able to deliver any new products except the minivan that looks just like the rest of them.

  • SteersUright

    New tech always requires standardization, scale, and usually collaboration to become truly viable. Autonomous cars especially so, given the risk to the public and need to be functional in global markets. This isn’t surprising news. But it makes sense that its FCA crying out for help first. They never had the R&D investment and prowess of MB, Toyota, BMW, GM, etc., so I’m sure they’re dying to get their mitts on the research the others have completed.

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