Ford tops Google’s Search for Automaker Partners

Ford tops Google’s Search for Automaker Partners


Jan 29, 2016
Google driverless carGoogle’s koala-shaped autonomous car project is on the verge of completion and it showed hints from start that the search kingpin really just wanted to create and sell software and not build a production vehicle. That intention is now becoming more clear with partnerships between Google and automakers hitting news this year. Though the Ford-Google deal is scrubbed off as a rumour it is found that the General Motors has signaled interest in hooking up, but Google is going hard on the sales pitches. At the Automotive News World Congress in Detroit, Google Car CEO John Krafcik said his main goal this year is to forge deals with automakers, saying that “as our technology progresses, we hope to work with many of you guys.” That’s basically what Chris Urmson, who directed the project before Krafcik left his CEO post at TrueCar, told us at the same conference a year ago. It is to be noted that BMW, Daimler, and Audi have purchased Nokia HERE, and scanned roughly 900 times more miles of public roads in precise, high-resolution maps than has Google hinting that competitors are bringing in tight corners for the search engine king’s project. In the testing process it is to be noted that Delphi has completed an automated cross-country road trip in an Audi SQ5 and Apple has been ramping up its “Project Titan.”

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