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Google steps up autonomous effort by partnering with auto suppliers

Google looking for partners in the auto industry to help it develop self-driving vehicles
By: Michael Hatamoto | Technology in Vehicles News | Posted: Jan 14, 2015 7:30 pm

Google is looking for partners in the auto industry to lend a hand with self-driving and fully autonomous vehicle technology. Potential partners range from General Motors and Ford to Toyota, Volkswagen and Daimler, as fully autonomous vehicles could be production-ready in less than five years. The Silicon Valley tech giant already is working with LG Electronics, Continental AG and Robert Bosch, with its self-driving prototype cars also using NVIDIA hardware.

 

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"We'd be remiss not to talk to... the biggest auto manufacturers," said Chris Urmson, director of the Google self-driving car project, in an interview with Reuters. "They've got a lot to offer. For us to jump in and say that we can do this better, that's arrogant."

 

It's possible a lack of government regulations regarding self-driving cars could push back mass production until 2022 or 2023, but companies want to make sure they are on top of the technology.

NEWS SOURCES:Reuters.com, Econ244.academic.wlu.edu

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