According to Automotive News, Google is turning to Ford Motor for building internet giant’s future self-driving cars, with negotiations being on the table for some time.
Many analysts have already predicted that Google’s know-how in the automotive related technologies will make the company the leader of the upcoming self-driving trend. Every major automaker is putting a lot of effort into the development of autonomous driving, but the internet giant, that does not even build cars, will definitely have a major involvement in this sector in the near future. These forecasts are starting to shape up, as Google is said to be in talks with Ford Motor for the American automaker to build autonomous cars for the search company. The news have been brought to light by a person familiar with the project who revealed the plans to Automotive News. The source also said the discussions on the subject between the two sides have been going one for some time. If the negotiations conclude on a positive note, an announcement is likely to be made in the first week of January, during the annual International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
A Google spokesman told Automotive News that the company would not comment on these speculations, although Google officials confirmed that the company is talking to automakers. On the other side, Ford spokesman Alan Hall said that “we work with a lot of tech companies all over the world. We keep these discussions private for obvious competitive reasons and we do not comment on speculation.” Yahoo Autos also reported on the talks yesterday, quoting three sources familiar with the deal who said the contract would create a joint venture legally separated from Ford. Google plans to make its self-driving cars unit, which will offer rides for hire, a stand-alone business under its parent company, Alphabet Inc, next year, Bloomberg reported last week.
Via Automotive News