Maserati Says It Will Use BMW’s Self-Driving Technologies

Maserati is set to use self-driving technology developed by BMW in its future vehicles.

Speaking to an industry group on Monday, Fiat chairman John Elkann failed to specify a date for when self-driving systems will be added to Maserati vehicles. However, he did say that Maserati will be the first brand from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to use BMW’s technology, Bloomberg reports.

Maserati joined a self-driving technology consortium led by BMW back in 2017 and is also working extensively with Waymo to further the development of autonomous systems. In fact, much of Waymo’s autonomous fleet is made up of Chrysler Pacifica minivans and the self-driving division of Google even has an order for 62,000 additional Pacifica models.

Also Read: Fiat Chrysler Doesn’t Rule Out Mergers, Will Definitely Keep Maserati

This is the first bit of good news to come out regarding Maserati in quite some time after it endured a 32 per cent fall in first-quarter sales this year following a 28 per cent drop in 2018.

On January 1, 2019, the Italian car manufacturer suspended 2445 employees at its Mirafiori plant in Turin, Italy and a further 800 or so staff by March 4. These layoffs are set to last until December 31, 2019. Throughout this year, employees will attend training courses for electric and hybrid powertrain technologies as the facility gets ready to start building electric vehicles in 2020 with the next-generation Fiat 500e.

Beyond establishing an autonomous driving consortium with Mobileye, BMW is also working with cross-town rival Daimler on automated driving technologies and is currently working on both Level 3 and Level 4 systems.

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  • Kagan

    Don’t put effort on that but on product quality and renewing. Your customers do not want that not for the coming decade at least!

    • Matt

      They’re not putting effort into it, they’re going to use BMW’s systems instead. It makes sense, otherwise they will fall behind the competition in technology and consumers will buy elsewhere.

  • Bash

    After they figure out where to get an engine from.

    • europeon

      Can we put this to rest? They will make their own engines.

      • Bash

        Can’t wait to see it.

  • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

    BMW always was the poorest in the auto safety last but not least pedestrian crash test on small SUV and it was the only one among 11 with no credit what so ever

    • Matt

      Autonomous driving systems are unrelated to crash testing.

      • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

        from what I understood and most people they will take all the system, the autonomous driving system with its related safety systems included

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