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Published on May 31st, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan

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Roush Enterprises, The Company Building Google’s Self-Driving Cars (We Think)

May 31st, 2014 by  


google self driving car prototype

When Google announced its first completely self-driving car earlier this week, geek world blew up. Eyes popped out of their sockets. Record amounts of drool fell to the floor. Note: I may be exaggerating. However, I guarantee you that a lot of people went scrambling trying to figure out which Detroit manufacturer (the only hint Google gave) was building the cars (minus all the Google tech and software inside). Guesses started flying, but it didn’t take long for a supposed insider to spill the beans to Jalopnik Detroit.

Aside from the points Chris highlights on Gas2 (and in the repost below), the insider also told Jalopnik that “Roush employees have been making their way back and forth between Mountain View and Michigan as of late.” Also worth noting is Google’s response to Jalopnik: “These vehicles are a collaboration between the automotive talent of Michigan and the software and sensor expertise of Silicon Valley. The vehicles themselves have been assembled in a facility in Michigan — the self driving high tech parts are being assembled here in California. We are working with a number of top-notch automotive suppliers and technology companies. (We are not naming them at this point.)”

So, yes, Roush is very likely involved, but so are several other “top-notch” auto companies. For such an innovative car, this isn’t too surprising, is it? I’ll turn you over to Chris now:

Is Roush Building The Google Car? (via Gas 2.0)

Yesterday the fully autonomous Google Car made its world debut, but it turns out the car may have been built not by Google, but rather Roush Enterprises. That’s according to a tip received by Jalopnik, and apparently Google and Roush have been getting…


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Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.



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