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BMW, Daimler Self-Driving Venture May Attract Fiat Chrysler

  • Several carmakers expressed interest in joining in, BMW says
  • Global automakers working to share cost for new technologies
A Mercedes-Benz S-Class automobile during a Daimler autonomous driving demonstration in Immendingen, Germany, on July 17, 2018.

A Mercedes-Benz S-Class automobile during a Daimler autonomous driving demonstration in Immendingen, Germany, on July 17, 2018.

Photographer: Michaela Handrek-Rehle/Bloomberg
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BMW AG and Daimler AG’s self-driving car venture may attract more partners, with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV a front-runner to get on board at a time when the German automakers are working to select suppliers by the end of the year.

While many car-component makers are hesitant to put large sums toward the development of highly automated driving due to regulatory uncertainty, several vehicle manufacturers expressed an interest in the alliance, BMW’s development chief, Klaus Froehlich, said in an interview.