UPDATE 1-Fiat Chrysler CEO says met with Tesla, Apple CEOs

Sat May 9, 2015 6:26pm EDT
 
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(Adds comment on meeting with Apple's Cook, further quotes on Ferrari IPO, luxury SUV plans)

By Allison Martell

OAKVILLE, Ontario May 9 (Reuters) - 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.

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.

"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.

Sources have said Apple has been developing its own electric self-driving car. The company has been open about wanting to integrate its core iOS software into autos with a system called CarPlay, which allows drivers to access information on their iPhones without taking their hands off the streering wheel.

The Fiat chief declined to elaborate or describe the meetings in any more detail.

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.   Continued...