“Fiat Chrysler Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne said on Saturday that he had visited the heads of Tesla Motors Inc and Apple Inc during a recent trip to California,” Allison Martell reports for Reuters.
“Marchionne, speaking on the sidelines of the opening of a Maserati dealership near Toronto, said he had met with Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook and Tesla CEO and founder Elon Musk, among others, on the trip, during which he also rode in Google Inc’s self-driving car,” Martell reports. “‘I’m incredibly impressed with what that kid has done,’ he said, referring to Musk. With regard to Apple’s Cook, he said: ‘He’s interested in Apple’s intervention in the car, that’s his role.’ Marchionne was not more specific about Apple.”
“Various automakers have been eyeing potential collaboration with Apple and Google even as they view their efforts to develop electric and self-driving cars as a potential competitive threat,” Martell reports. “It is less typical for major automakers’ CEOs to meet with their counterpart at Tesla, which has not collaborated much with established manufacturers.”
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