A new report issued by Automotive News indicates Ford could be in charge of manufacturing Google’s upcoming autonomous vehicle.

A new report issued by Automotive News indicates Ford could be in charge of manufacturing Google’s upcoming autonomous vehicle.

Driverless cars are bound to become a thing in the not-so-distant future and it seems technology giant Google is getting ready to dip its toes in autonomous driving technology for series production cars. It will need a partner to do that and it seems in pole position is Ford as the two companies are currently discussing a possible partnership.

Details are scarce right now, but the main objective is to establish a long-term contract manufacturing deal according to which Ford will build cars for Google. If the two parties will reach an agreement, an official announcement could come as early as January 4 during 2016 CES in Las Vegas. Although Google refused to talk about this topic, a spokesman did admit the company is currently having negotiations with automakers.

The rumor comes only a few days after Ford announced plans to kick off testing of an autonomous Fusion Hybrid on the streets of California. The testing program will be based at the firm’s Palo Alto Research and Innovation Center that currently employs more than 100 researchers, engineers, and scientists. Public road testing is scheduled to begin in 2016 and this will obviously serve as foundation for future driverless cars with the Blue Oval badge that will hit the market eventually.

Source: autonews.com

Ford could build Google’s autonomous car