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* Google to team up with Ford to build self-driving cars

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Google may not manufacture its own cars after
all, but rather team up with Ford to build its self-
driving vehicles.
The two companies will announce that they are
pairing up to make piloted cars during next
month’s Consumer Electronics Show, Yahoo
Autos reports.
Although that report is still unverified, the Ford
partnership could add validity.
Chances are good the scoop is true, however. In
November, Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford Jr.
said that the carmaker would need to pair with
big tech companies in order to survive the
coming series of revolutions facing the
transportation industry.
If Google and Ford do team up, the move could
signal that people inside Google realized that
manufacturing a car from scratch was unfeasible
— or at least far too costly. Rather than using
Ford to make its own pod cars like the one
pictured above. It’s instead likely that Google will
just utilize Ford cars for its own aspirations.
In terms of a timeline, if the report is true, you
can expect to see the fruits of this endeavor
within a few years — if not sooner.
This likely won’t be the only pairing Google
makes with a carmaker. Just as it has done with
smartphone manufacturers, the company could
become the brains behind all kinds of self-driving
cars while it leaves the hardware to someone
else.

Credit: Google

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