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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.”

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