Ford, which recently opened a Silicon Valley R&D facility, may be partnering with Google on future autonomous car initiatives.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Ford is also looking into making autonomous cars a branch of the company rather than central to its efforts. A partnership with Google would help it develop self-driving cars for fleet services as well as ride-sharing.
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In this deal, Ford is said to be working on software and hardware for the cars, while Google would provide the autonomous car software.
A deal like this would ramp up Google’s existing work, and really — many have seen this coming. Save for starting its own car company from scratch (which would take years and more resources than you can imagine), Google (aka, Alphabet) would need a partnership.
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