Google Takes Next Steps To Get Self-Driving Cars on the Road | Edmunds

Google Takes Next Steps To Get Self-Driving Cars on the Road

DETROITGoogle is in talks with many automakers and auto suppliers as the Internet giant works to bring self-driving cars to market.

Google is working with Livonia, Michigan-based supplier Roush, which built the podlike two-seater that Google plans to start testing on public roads this year.

Other suppliers include Bosch, ZF Lenksysteme, LG Electronics and tire manufacturer Continental. Bosch supplies the power electronics and long-range radar to Google. ZF Lenksysteme supplies new steering gear and LG Electronics supplies the batteries.

Google didn't ask a large automaker to build its self-driving car, but intends to do so in the future when it seeks to commercialize its technology. It has not named the automakers it is working with.

Chris Urmson, director of self-driving cars at Google, provided the update at the Automotive News World Congress on Wednesday.

"At some point, we're going to be looking to find partners to build complete vehicles and bring the technology to market," he said.

Urmson did not provide a timetable, only saying that the technology will launch "when it's safe and ready."

The Google self-driving prototype does not have a steering wheel, accelerator pedal or brake pedal.

Self-driving cars are continuing to dominate headlines. Mercedes-Benz unveiled its F 015 self-driving luxury sedan at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month, while Audi touted a long-distance test drive of the its A7 piloted driving concept.

Edmunds says: Google forges partnerships with established auto industry players, which means that a self-driving car may be in your driveway before too long.

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