Google Picks Up John Krafcik To Head Driverless Car Division

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Google has hired former Hyundai CEO John Krafcik to head up its driverless car division, bringing some much needed auto industry experience into the fold. Krafick not only brings with him five years of CEO experience at Hyundai but fourteen years of product development at Ford. While driverless cars have yet to become a consumer product and there is much to do to get to that level, it was important that Google hire someone with auto industry experience. Google is still the front runner in the race towards a driverless car and this move could keep them a comfortable stride ahead.

“This is a great opportunity to help Google develop the enormous potential of self-driving cars,” Krafcik said, in a statement. “This technology can save thousands of lives, give millions of people greater mobility and free us from a lot of the things we find frustrating about driving today. I can’t wait to get started.”


No one knows just how far out we are from the reality of driverless cars but with other players in the game Google needs to bolster the team for success. Testing of driverless cars is ongoing by Google with some successes and some bugs as well.

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  Source: International Business Times
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