Rumor: Google pairing with Ford to build driverless cars

Three sources say Ford and Google parterning to build self-driving cars.

Published Tue, Dec 22 2015 12:31 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:02 PM CST

Following Google's discovery driverless cars are a bit too good at driving for their own good, the company is said -- according to three sources aware of the plans -- to be partnering with classic car maker Ford to make new ones. This news is in line with what co-founder Sergey Brin said earlier in the year: it wants manufacturing partners interested in its self-driving technology.

Rumor: Google pairing with Ford to build driverless cars |

The deal is said to be non-exclusive, meaning it can partner with other companies if it pleases. As well, it's understood Ford will not be liable for any accidents to come out of the venture.

The Ford deal makes sense because the head of Google's self-driving car project, John Krafcik, worked 14 years at the company. Other employees attached to the project have history there, too. More, Ford's previous chief executive Alan Mulally is on the Google board as of 2014. Giving additional credence to the rumor is Ford CEO Mark Fields consistent support of a future where it sells cars as "on-demand services".

Google elected not to comment on the story, but Ford spokesman Alan Hall stated it works with many companies in regards to its Ford Smart Mobility plan, but, "We keep these discussions private for obvious competitive reasons, and we do not comment on speculation.


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