Date
18 January 2017
Ford could announce a partnership with Google early next year on autonomous car technology, reports say. Photo: Bloomberg
Ford could announce a partnership with Google early next year on autonomous car technology, reports say. Photo: Bloomberg

Ford in talks with Google on self-driving car partnership: WSJ

Ford Motor Co. is pursuing a deal with Google to build self-driving cars that will use the software giant’s technologies, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Under the proposed deal, Ford will develop software for components including steering, braking and acceleration while Google will provide the overall self-driving software that governs those functions, the paper cited a source as saying.

A partnership could be announced early next year, the report said.

Ford recently expanded its Silicon Valley research and development lab and has recruited several outsiders, including former investment banker John Casesa, to focus on tech development and mobility services.

Casesa is leading a strategy team that will steer investments to new areas.

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