Google to Outsource Driverless Car Manufacturing

By Gary Cutlack on at

Google's comedy, button-nosed, electric driverless car won't be made by the tech giant itself, with the company asking car makers to come aboard the project and help build the fleet instead.

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Google man and car project lead Chris Urmson said it would be "goofy" to try to compete with the established players, saying: "We don't particularly want to become a car maker. We are talking and looking for partners."

A more advanced driverless concept from Google, the Beta One, should be ready for further testing in 2015, should it convince a kindly auto maker to knock some together akin to the way it handles its Nexus phone and tablet projects. [WSJ via Techradar]