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Google has abandoned plans to make its own self-driving car

Google vs. Uber Self-driving Car

Google, one of a handful of tech companies at the forefront of the self-driving car revolution, will not make its own autonomous vehicle, according to a new report from a reliable source.

According to information received by The Information, Google has refocused its efforts concerning the car business. Rather than building a car that can drive itself around town — Google has been testing such vehicles for a while now — Google will partner with traditional automakers on more conventional cars. The scope of this partnerships would be to launch an autonomous ride-sharing service by the end of next year.

Google and Fiat Chrysler already announced a car partnership earlier this year, without revealing many details about their efforts. The two companies announced that they will develop self-driving minivans together, but the partnership would not be exclusive.

Fiat Chrysler is making a new prototype for Google that is based on the Pacifica minivan, the reports notes. If testing is successful, the car could become a commercial product that might end up competing directly against Uber. The world’s most popular ride-sharing service is also testing self-driving cars of its own, as Uber is famously looking to ditch drivers and make rides even more affordable.

While Google co-founder Sergey Brin is in favor of Google making a car from end to end, it appears that other execs including CEO Larry Page and CFO Ruth Porat are not on the same page. Apparently, Page and Porat believe that a car without a steering wheel might be impractical, so they decided to pivot. Nothing is official at this time, but Google is expected to reveal more details about its car efforts on Tuesday.

Chris Smith started writing about gadgets as a hobby, and before he knew it he was sharing his views on tech stuff with readers around the world. Whenever he's not writing about gadgets he miserably fails to stay away from them, although he desperately tries. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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