Ford is in talks with Google to build the internet giant’s planned autonomous car, according to reports.
Automotive News reports that the Blue Oval and Google are currently in high-level discussions that would see Ford produce Google’s car under contract, with sources claiming a manufacturing deal between the two parties has been developing “for some time”.
Speaking to the industry paper, a Ford spokesman would neither confirm nor deny the deal, saying: “We work with a lot of tech companies all over the world. We keep these discussions private for obvious competitive reasons and we do not comment on speculation.”
A Google spokesperson said the company would not comment on speculation, but earlier this year Google co-founder Sergey Brin said the company was looking to partner with manufacturers.
Former Ford boss Alan Mulally and former Hyundai America chief John Krafcik have both joined Google in recent times. Mulally is currently on Google’s board of directors, while Krafcik was hired to head up the company’s driverless car project.