Published on December 11th, 2016 | by James Ayre0
Google’s Self-Driving Vehicle Division Readying For Split From Alphabet X, Reportedly
December 11th, 2016 by James Ayre
We’ve been reporting on Google’s self-driving technology development for many years now, often stimulating the question: when will the company’s tech actually be viable?
Maybe not that long from now, going by the fact that the autonomous car division has been going on a hiring splurge as of late, picking up various exec-level employees that will be necessary for a split from parent company Alphabet X, according to Recode.
Presuming that analysis is accurate, why else would the division be preparing to split from Alphabet X if not to commercialize in some way? There are a number of possibilities … but a move towards commercialization does seem most likely.
This seems to match from earlier statements by project head John Krafcik (formerly a CEO for Hyundai) about a split from under Alphabet X.
Where will Google be headed? Considering the recent news about autonomous vehicle legalization in Michigan, you can probably take a likely accurate guess yourself. I wonder if the project intends to continue entirely independently or if closer ties with established auto manufacturers will follow shortly.
As background here for those unfamiliar with the names, Alphabet X is the renamed Google X division, renamed following the Google–Alphabet restructuring a couple of years ago. Alphabet X focuses on the development of long-shot technologies and services. The autonomous driving tech project may well be one of the first of these “long shots” to prove itself viable commercially.
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