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Google Looking For Automaker Partner On Autonomous Cars

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On: Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 3:04PM | By: Chris Weiss

Google Looking For Automaker Partner On Autonomous Cars

Before we heard a peep about Cadillac Super Cruise , we heard about Google's autonomous car. One of the original driving forces behind autonomous vehicles, Google has been working on its driverless car program for several years and even got the law changed to help it along. Now the company is looking for a rather important missing puzzle piece: an automotive partner.

Google may be one of the world's brightest go tos when it comes to Internet and mapping, but it doesn't have much experience wrenching around under the hood of a car. Sure, it could probably come up with the seeding money to develop its own car manufacturing without much difficulty, but why rebuild the wheel when someone that knows what they're doing can build it for you?

According to the Detroit News, Google is not at all interested in building its own cars and is in talks with several automakers. It's open to several options, including teaming up with a single automaker on the technology or offering it as a retrofit. It's also talking to other types of companies about involvement in the project. The company believes that the technology could be ready for market within a few years.

In a rather strong affirmation of the technology, Google's self-driving car project manager Anthony Levandowski told engineers in Detroit, "The most important thing computers can do in the next 10 years is drive a car."

Google believes that self-driving cars could greatly increase road safety by eliminating human error from driving. Its task now is to prove that the technology is both effective and failsafe. It has logged about 250,000 miles with its fleet of retrofitted, autonomous Toyota Prii and wants to at least quadruple that before making the technology available to the public.


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