Ford has partnered with Google to push autonomous driving technology forward, an alliance that will be announced at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show. With Google’s intelligence and access to information and Ford’s creditability as an auto-maker, we are looking forward to seeing what this partnership brings.
“[Google’s] focus has shifted to looking for OEM partners to deploy the technology, rather than considering building their own vehicles,” said Thilo Koslowski, analyst for Gartner Inc., to Automotive News. Thilo further states, “That makes sense. If Google is interested in bringing the benefit of the technology to consumers, then they need as many partners as possible.”
Both Ford and Google are already renowned for their work on autonomous vehicles. Ford was the first to use the University of Michigan’s autonomous car test site in November and is expected to test self-driving vehicles in California next year.
Meanwhile, Google has been pooling some of the industry’s top talents to tackle the issue of autonomous driving technology. Partnering with Ford should help the automaker save billions in manufacturing development.
We hope to see self-driving cars as early as 2020 here at Highway Ford! Tell us what you think of autonomous vehicles in the comments below!