Google Inc has appointed John Krafcik, the veteran Ford and Hyundai exec as the CEO for the self-driving car project. From the looks of it, he’s the first CEO for the high-profile venture that’s part of Google X, the secretive development program for new technologies of Google. Earlier there were reports that, Google X would be a part of the parent company, Alphabet Inc. However, there is no clarity at this moment.
In the past months, we have seen companies like Apple and Google hiring engineers and experts from the car industry as they develop autonomous cars. This is a significant get by Google. Google, which launched the self-driving car project in 2009, has signaled that it intends to introduce the cars by 2020.
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Google spokeswoman Courtney Hohne told Automotive News that Krafcik’s background shouldn’t be interpreted as a sign that Google intends to become a manufacturer of self-driving cars. “We’re not going to make cars ourselves. We know what we’re good at, and we’ll partner with many different companies to bring this technology into the world safely.” – “The self-driving car project (part of Google X), would be a good candidate at some point in the future to become an alphabet company, but not yet.”
Read more on the Google Self Driving Car Project here – http://www.google.com/selfdrivingcar/