Google partners with car manufacturers to create self driving cars

by: Jimmy WestenbergJanuary 14, 2015

Vehicle prototype

Google has just announced its partnership with a handful of car manufacturers to expedite production on their self-driving car concept. Last month, Google unveiled their first working prototype of the self-driving car. Though the search giant could make a single prototype, it was manufactured in Detroit by an engineering and speciality manufacturing company called Roush, not a major car company. Now, they’re partnering with top auto makers like General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Daimler AG and Volkswagen to speed up the process.

Chris Urmson, director of Google’s self-driving car project, told Reuters in an interview that with the addition of top auto manufacturers, Google plans to have self-driving cars on the road by 2020. He also explains that Google does not see any particular regulatory hurdles that may delay the cars’ availability within 5 years.

Though many believe that self-driving cars are a gigantic safety hazard on the road, Urmson remains confident in his vision. He explains:

You’re really changing the relationship you have with transportation. You’re changing what it means to get around… You look at a car … and people forget just how much magic there is in that thing.

We can expect to see prototypes hit the road relatively soon, but Google won’t have a product for average consumers in a few years’ time.

  • John Doe

    I think that this is great!! .. I will now be able to read my emailtxtnews, etc .. while driving to work without getting pulled over by the police!! lol

    • Gideon Waxfarb

      Probably not for the foreseeable future. I could see these things being forbidden in self driving cars, at least for the first several years, until everybody is confident enough that human supervision is no longer needed.

  • Jay

    Considering how fucking shit most moronic drivers are, I can’t see too many problems with self-driving cars.