HOOK-UP ON HOLD
The Wall Street Journal reports this week that Ford, despite not announcing a tie-up with Google at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, is still considering a separate business unit dedicated to developing autonomous cars for use in ridesharing and fleets.
According to the WSJ, Ford would develop software for components, including steering or braking, while Google would provide the autonomous-driving software that governs those functions.
Google declined to comment.
Ford CEO Bill Fields, when asked by the WSJ whether Ford would form a new subsidiary or company to make strategic investments in ride-sharing, said, “We are open to all possibilities.”