Google and Ford Form Partnership to Build Self-driving Cars
According to a Yahoo Autos report, one of the pioneering companies of the world, Google, and the world’s top automaker company, Ford, have announced that they are going to build self-driving cars, also known as robocar technology. In the report, it was mentioned that the official announcement from both companies will come at the Consumer Electronics Show that will take place next month in Las Vegas.
This joint venture will make self-driving cars using Google technology, though they will be legally separate from each other, partly to protect Ford from potential liability concerns with the new cars. Google had started work on the self-driving car quite a few years ago, now not only Ford, but other established car manufacturers like Volvo, Nissan, Tesla, and even Uber are in on the robocar bandwagon. But after tasting numerous automaker company flavors, finally, Google formed a joint venture with Ford to make robocar technology and recently hired a Ford veteran to head its autonomous car group; on the other hand, the former CEO of Ford Alan Mulally, joined as one of the Google board of directors in 2014.
Currently, Google is testing dozens of pod-shaped self-driving cars on public streets of its hometown of Mountain View, California and in Austin, Texas.
Furthermore, experts say it will take some years before fully self-driving cars are available to the general public because so many things are yet to be ironed out like legal issues, regulatory, and development of the technology etc.