Google and Ford rumored to announce partnership at CES; yes, it’s about self-driving cars

by: Edgar CervantesDecember 22, 2015

google self driving car prototype

Google’s self-driving car systems are said to hit the public relatively soon, but so far the specifics have been vague. Google has said it will partner with other manufacturers, allowing them to use their systems. The Search Giant has also mentioned a taxi-like service that would have you thoughtlessly zipping through the city. What gives? Despite government (and public) concerns, the company has been pushing forward and it seems an important milestone is to be reached at CES 2016, this January.

A trio of anonymous internal sources are claiming Google and Ford have a partnership to announce in Las Vegas, next month. This is said to be a joint venture to work on self-driving cars, and it will come in the form of an independent company.

Google self driving cars

Google is great at creating smart systems, but people have been worried about the company’s ability to manufacture vehicles. After all, you would be trusting your life to Google every time you hop on one of their automated automobiles. And as cute as their little cars are, we would rather have a renown car maker in the labs.

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This gives us a certain level of reassurance. In addition, companies like Google, Mercedes Benz and Volvo have promised to take responsibility for accidents caused by their self-driving systems. Google has also pledged to release information on whatever accidents their driver-less cars get into. It’s important to keep people informed, and Google is certainly not falling behind in this sense.

Ford Sync

Also, this deal is said to be non-exclusive, which makes us wonder what the plan really is. Other companies will be able to jump in on the deal? Will they have to go through both Google and Ford to join the fun? We are not quite sure, but you can bet we will find out all the details during CES. In the meantime, hit the comments and let us know if you are ready for the driver-less car revolution.

  • Drew

    Count me in. Although I’m not much of a daredevil anymore, I think the possibilities are intriguing. Whether commuting to work or just out sightseeing in a new city; hopefully more privacy than public transportation and eventually cheaper than a chartered tour group.

  • Dis

    This will cause concern for anti-competitive behaviour if it gives Ford a massive advantage as it will. They should have teamed up with Tesla really.

    • balcobomber25

      So it would be anti-competitive for Ford but not for Tesla? Considering Google has already worked with several companies on driver-less technology including Toyota and VW there is no anti-competitive behavior.

      • Dis

        No, it would still be but because they are not one of the big players like Ford is then it is less likely they would label it anti-competitive. Someone will cry over this if they can.

        • balcobomber25

          There is nothing to cry over, Google has partnerships with all of the biggest car manufacturers.

  • TheScientists

    What is there to wonder about? Google is willing to partner up with any auto OEM that wants to use it’s self-driving tech to bring real SDC’s to the road asap. The sooner we get to a SDC reality, the better. These cars will be “Powered by Google ™”. It’s a big win for all involved.

    • Kamalnath

      good for the passengers since it’ll reduce the accident rates. but lots of drivers are going to loose their jobs….

  • Arturo Raygoza

    Self driving cars will mark and end to freedom and liberty, complete control will be achieved and no one will ever be allowed to drive again. I hope this technology never catches on.

  • Scr-U-gle

    Looking at googles attempt at design, from the Sooner phone to the Noddy car, they need Ford or anyone who knows how to design something that actually works.