A German newspaper reported auto supplier Continental is close to agreeing alliances with Google and IBM to develop self-driving systems for cars.
Citing unspecified sources, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung said Continental aims to unveil the agreements at the Frankfurt auto show in September. The German auto supplier is already in an alliance with U.S. network equipment maker Cisco Systems to work on systems for automated and driverless automobiles and on data transfer between cars.
Still, at the moment, neither Continental nor Google or IBM commented on the report. Google has been working on self-driving technology since 2010, including testing a fleet of self-driving cars along California roadways. Also, Automakers including GM, Ford, Toyota and Volkswagen are already developing computer-controlled features that help drivers avoid accidents.