Google Teams Up With Auto-Suppliers For Self-Driving Cars
Google has dived into almost every single business there is, and now they are looking forward to bring their self-driven cars to the markets. However, to do that they will need help from auto-suppliers from around the world, so that the process of manufacturing a self-driven car can be paced and the product could reach the consumers by the year 2020.
In an interview, director of Google’s self-driving car project, Chris Urmson stated: “We’d be remiss not to talk to … the biggest auto manufacturers. They’ve got a lot to offer. For us to jump in and say that we can do this better, that’s arrogant.” The manufactures that he is talking about are Ford Motor Co, Toyota Motor Corp, General Motors Co, Volkswagen AG, and Daimler AG.
He continued on to say that the prototypes of Google self-driving cars were built in Detroit by an engineering company that has a specialty in manufacturing called Roush.
However, if people at Google want, General Motors is willing to work with them as well, so that the collaboration on the upcoming Google self-driving car can be done. This is according to GM’s Chief Technology Officer, Jon Lauckner who stated that “GM is open to working with Google on self-driving cars.”
Urmson also shed some light on the development process that has been going on at Google. He said that the people included in the project are hard at work to make the systems of self-driving car run as smoothly as possible.
Some of the self-driving car systems and components are being developed in collaboration with different suppliers including Robert Bosch, Continental, ZF and LG Electronics. The cars also use micro-processors that are being provided by NVIDIA Corp.
The partnership of Google and Continental began back in 2012, when both of the companies agreed that Continental will be the one providing parts for the self-driving cars. Google asked them to provide some electronics, tires and other components that were required to build the car.
Urmson described the prototype of self-driving car as: “A practical, near-term testing platform that will evolve over time. Airliners today don’t look like the Wright brothers’ flyer of 100 years ago.”
There is still a long way to go before the Google Self-Driving Car is made available to everyone, but now that the direction is set, we can expect the transportation to take a big leap in the coming years.
What are your expectations from the Google’s upcoming car? Do you think it will actually change the future of transportation?