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Google, Ford in talks to build self-driving cars

  • Google is said to be
    in talks with automaker Ford Motor Co to help build the Internet search
    company’s autonomous cars,
    Automotive
    News
    reported, citing a person with knowledge of the project.
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  • The contract
    manufacturing deal, if finalised, is expected to come during the annual

    • Google is said to be
      in talks with automaker Ford Motor Co to help build the Internet search
      company’s autonomous cars,
      Automotive
      News
      reported, citing a person with knowledge of the project.
    •  
    • The contract
      manufacturing deal, if finalised, is expected to come during the annual
      International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas during the first week of January,
      Automotive News said.
    •  
    • A Google spokesman said
      that the company would not comment on speculation, although Google officials
      confirmed that the company is talking to automakers.
    •  
    • Earlier this year,
      Google began discussions with most of the world’s top automakers and assembled
      a team of traditional and nontraditional suppliers to speed efforts to bring
      self-driving cars to the market by 2020.
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    • In June, Google began
      testing tiny, bubble-shaped self-driving prototype vehicles of its own design
      on public roads around Mountain View.
      The company has also started testing self-driving prototypes in Austin.
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    • Google is expected to
      make its self-driving cars unit, which will offer rides for hire, a stand-alone
      business under its parent company, Alphabet Inc, next year,
      Bloomberg had reported earlier.
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    • Ford, although
      lagging behind most competitors, ramped up its pace to develop self-driving
      cars earlier this year, and said it would expand advanced safety technology,
      including automatic braking, enabling hands-free operation of cars under
      certain conditions by automating such basic functions as steering, braking and
      throttle.
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