The self-driving car technology featured by Google has indeed attracted Fiat Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors.
With this, Google and Ford Motor Company are now discussing to team up, including in a joint venture for building cars using Google’s unique technology.
As the product development chief of General Motors, Mark Reuss, was stated to be ‘very interested’ for the capabilities of its manufacturing skills that would be able to complement those of Google’s system.
On the other hand, Thilo Koslowski, Vice President at Gartner stated,
“We are entering the era of the technology and software-defined vehicle,”
“You’re just seeing the auto industry recognise the importance of that.”
“Some Silicon Valley companies would like to do everything themselves, but it’s really the car companies that understand the automobile,”
“On the same side, a lot of technology companies have expertise on their side, which is interesting to the automotive companies.”
As reported by Yahoo Autos, the planned collaboration about Google’s self-driving technology will be held in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show by January.
Added by a spokesman for the automaker stated,
“We have been and will continue working with many companies and discussing a variety of subjects related to our Ford Smart Mobility plan,”
“We keep these discussions private for obvious competitive reasons, and we do not comment on speculation.”
Alongside a Google spokesman, Johnny Luu said,
“In order to reach our long-term goal of transforming mobility for millions of people, we’re talking to many different companies about how to bring self-driving vehicles into the world safely, but we’re not going to comment on rumour or speculation about specific conversations.”