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Google Inc. has hired John Krafcik, an auto industry exec, to be in charge of its autonomous cars as the corporation is looking to extend its approach of the new technology.

Krafcik will be the CEO of this project starting next month, according to an email from the company. The new employee for Google has been the president of TrueCar Inc., which is an online auto-buying service, and he has also been the head of Hyundai Motor Co. U.S.

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.”

After years of testing on this innovative type of technology, Google is looking to gains profits and in order to do that, it is searching for more ways to make driverless cars widely accepted by the public. Google has had its autonomous cars drive more than 1 million miles on public roads since it began its project.

Chris Urmson, who has been the leader of the project up to now, will continue to lead the technology development for the autonomous cars, as Google announced, adding that the company is not planning to manufacture cars.

With ten years spent at Hyundai, Krafcik helped the Korean automaker increase its U.S. market share by over 50%. He has previously worked for 14 years at Ford Motor Co. where he was the chief of product development leadership positions and chief engineer of the Expedition / Navigator line.