Google has been testing out its Google self driving cars in the US for some time, and yesterday Google showed off their progress on the project to a number of reporters.
The company is looking at ways to make the Google self driving cars a reality, and they are considering their options on how to take the project forward.
Yesterday Google showed off their self driving cars in a demonstration at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, and Google X founder Sebastian Thru told the FT that Google are debating internally whether to partner with car makers or produce their own self driving car.
We are thinking very actively how this can transition into the physical world of physical people,” he said, adding that the effort was centred less on revenue than on “how to get normal people to use the technology”.
“I would not think about how they make money,” said Mr Thrun, who now works part time at Google X and also runs Udacity, an online learning company. “Much more important for us at Google is how can we make the world a better place.”
Google was one of the first companies to start working on self driving cars, since then a range of car manufacturers including Volvo, Ford, Renault, Nissan and more have been working on similar projects.
Google recently announced that the Google Driverless cars have covered more than 700,000 miles on public roads since the real world tests of the vehicles began.
The company is hoping to have driverless vehicles on the road some time in the next six years, it will be interesting to see how the technology is developed, and whether Google decide to produce their own vehicles, or team up with the auto makers.