According to a report today out of The Information, Google’s recently-formed partnership with Fiat Crysler to make 100 self-driving minivans is nothing more than the automobile company getting “a seat at the table” with Google. This comes as the Mountain View company struggles to find a path to actually market its self-driving technology, juggling a variety of not-so-great options that include licensing the tech to struggling automakers and entering the ridesharing business…
Google, the corporate godfather of self-driving cars, doesn’t have an obvious path to make money from the technology, unlike many of its rivals.
The company has pulled ahead in the race to develop fully autonomous vehicles that take responsibility for the safety of its passengers, but glaring questions remain about Google’s ability to commercialize the cars when they’re ready. The same can be said of two other important contenders, Baidu and Apple.
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