Google to collaborate with OEMs to mass produce self-driven car – Report

Posted on: Oct 3, 2015 - 12:20pm IST

Former CEO of Hyundai USA roped in to realize Google’s commercial aspiration.

In the clearest signal yet that its self-driven car project is ready to face the everyday car in the market, Google has said that it is on the lookout for automobile OEMs to take up the production of the car.

The production version will come with a steering wheel and pedals
Google will look to collaborate with an automobile OEM to bring out its self-driven car as a car sharing service initially.

The hiring of ex-Hyundai USA CEO, John Krafcik in September this year, was seen as a precursor to a big step forward. Mr Krafcik brings close to 20 years of experience in the automobile industry and can thus act as a bridge between Google and automobile manufacturers. Google’s co-founder Sergey Brin is reported, by Autoblog, to have said that whenever the car is out on the road as an actual product, it is likely to be introduced as a ride-sharing service than as an individual’s product.

Google self-driven car banner
Unlike the production-version, on the right, the concept didn’t have headlamps or a steering wheel and pedals.

Late last year, the company revealed the production-version of its autonomous car. Though initially envisioned as a car without any steering wheel or pedals, the production version came with the equipment. The car has been tested for around 1.2 million miles around Google’s HQ in California. Recently, the car has been put to test in the busy city of Austin in Texas, giving engineers fresh variables to work with.

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