At the Frankfurt Auto Show that took place for the past couple of days, Google’s managing director for Germany, Austria and Switzerland stated that the giant company has no intention of becoming a vehicle manufacturer.
John Krafcik, who is a former CEO of Hyundai Motors America, was recently named by Google chief executive of its driverless car project.
The project started in 2009 and hiring Krafcik to be the head of it was perceived as a sign that the company sees the potential behind it.
Philipp Justus, Google’s managing director for central and Eastern Europe declared that the company is developing cars with partners from auto industry, but does not intend to become a vehicle manufacturer. Justus said “That is not something we could do alone.”
Google’s suppliers include Bosch and ZF Friedrichshafen AG. The company stated on the topic that “We’re feeling good about our progress, so now we’re investing in building out a team that can help us bring this technology to its full potential in the coming years. John’s combination of technical expertise and auto industry experience will be particularly valuable as we collaborate with many different partners to achieve our goal of transforming mobility for millions of people.”
Because tech companies like Google represent a threat in the competition for developing the self-driving cars, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi are also hiring software experts for this auto area.
The experts in software are highly wanted by automakers as the cars need code programming to connect electric car motors to batteries, to connect to smart phones or to activate brakes when an obstacle is detected by the radar system.