Thursday 21 September 2017

Google partners with Ford on self-driving cars

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Emma Clark

Ford could be set to announce a partnership with Google at CES 2016, which will see them team up to develop self-driving cars.

Google and Ford are to team up to build self-driving cars with Google's technology.

Yahoo Autos cites three sources familiar with the plans who say that Ford will announce the partnership at CES 2016 in January.

Ford has been experimenting with its own systems for years, though only recently announced plans to begin testing on public roads in California. Google, on the other hand, has 53 test vehicles on the road in California and Texas, with 1.3 million miles logged in autonomous driving.

The partnership details haven't been revealed, but it's believed that it will be legally separate from Ford. This will protect the automaker from liability concerns. It's also expected to be non-exclusive, meaning Google would be free to enter discussions with several other automakers.

Expect to hear more about this partnership at CES 2016 in January.

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