Ford Motor Co. and Google could be planning a joint venture to build autonomous cars.
In a report by Automotive News, Ford and Google are in talks to have the American automaker build the tech giant's autonomous cars. The publication also said that Ford and Google have been “negotiating on a contract manufacturing deal for a long time.”
With that in mind, Ford and Google could announce their autonomous car partnership during the upcoming International Consumer Electronics Show in early January.
A Google spokesman confirmed to Automotive News that the company is in talks with Ford. On the other hand, Ford spokesman Alan Hall remains to be secretive.
As a review, Ford has started to test their self-driving cars on public roads last week after securing a California autonomous vehicle driving permit. Ford said that the vehicle testing is part of the company's 10-year autonomous vehicle development project, and a key element of the company's Smart Mobility program.
Ford's Smart Mobility program is a plan to take the company to the next level in “connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer experience, as well as data and analytics.”
The company is further expanding its strategic research collaboration with Stanford in 2016. Under this collaboration, Ford is planning 13 projects, which covers all five areas of its Smart Mobility program.
Meanwhile, Google has been testing its self-driving cars since May 2015 on the roads of Mountain View, California.
Source: Automotive News