By on June 9, 2016

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Exterior Front 3/4. Image: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne could be on the cusp of a new (corporate) romance.

The automaker is talking with ride-sharing megaprovider Uber about join forces on a self-driving vehicle venture, according to Automotive News. Sources close to the matter say those talks are in the early phase, but a agreement could be announced before the end of the year.

FCA is no stranger to seeking autonomous vehicle relationships. An agreement with Amazon’s delivery services fell through, and Marchionne’s wooing of Apple didn’t go anywhere, but the automaker did ink a deal with Google earlier this year to test a fleet of self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans at a new Michigan facility.

That relationship has a firm end date, so FCA’s on the make hunt for other partners to further Marchionne’s self-driving dreams. The sources close to the Uber talks said the company is still considering other automakers.

Marchionne has repeatedly expressed his desire to develop self-driving technology, but his company’s dodgy financial standing means doing it in-house, or buying a startup, is off the table. Other automakers have snapped up promising tech startups or spun off subsidiaries in the hopes of gaining ground in the race to develop connected, autonomous vehicle fleets.

The Google partnership saw engineering teams from both companies agree to work alongside each other, testing new technology (and working out the bugs) on 100 Pacifica hybrids. Those modified vehicles are purpose-built, and won’t ever be offered for sale.

While FCA is strapped, Uber Technologies is overflowing with investor cash, and can choose whatever partner it pleases.

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