With all eyes on the 2015 North American International Auto Show, General Motors has used the venue to announce a willingness to open-up talks with Google regarding collaborating on autonomous vehicle technology.
At least, that’s according to Fortune, who report that GM Chief Technology Officer Jon Lauckner said as much in an interview. “I’m not in charge of deciding what we will and won’t do, but I’d say we’d certainly be open to having a discussion with them,” said Mr. Lauckner.
This could be an ideal pairing, as Google is already among the front runners when it comes to driverless car technology. Meanwhile, they stand to benefit greatly from General Motors’ vast resources, experience, and relationships with suppliers.
What’s not so clear, however, is how a GM-Google relationship would function. For instance, would Google simply provide hardware and software to various OEMs, as in the current standard supplier model? Or, as Lauckner ponders, “Would it be something where it would be an opportunity to work together in a joint development agreement?”