Southfield — Fiat Chrysler (FCA) will join BMW and Intel in developing a platform for self-driving vehicles, giving the Italian-American car maker new technology partners and adding heft to their existing coalition. Fiat Chrysler, which supplies plug-in hybrid Chrysler Pacifica minivans to Alphabet’s Waymo driverless-car unit, announced on Wednesday it had signed a memorandum of understanding with the coalition. The car maker has been wary of going alone into such a costly endeavour. CEO Sergio Marchionne said in July that Fiat Chrysler was "committed to working with established suppliers" and would have more to say about its "involvement in these activities, which we have been very quiet about". BMW, Intel and hi-tech camera and software producer Mobileye, which the US chip maker acquired in a $15bn deal this year, teamed up in 2016 to develop cars that can do some steering by themselves, then field fully automated driving systems by 2021. Earlier this year the coalition added part...

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