Google is reportedly working on a plan to expand its self-driving car fleet, which will involve turning its self-driving car division into a dedicated company. The standalone company would commercialize the project and give Google a driverless rival to ride-sharing services, like Uber and Lyft.
According to Bloomberg, the fleet of self-driving vehicles could be expanded to include both small and large vehicles, which would initially be available on college campuses, military bases and corporate office parks. Eventually the fleet will also be available to cities. The plan would allow “a lot of people to try it out,” according to Google co-founder Sergey Brin.
Google has yet to confirm the plan to create the standalone business, but the latest report also claims that former Hyundai Motor America CEO, John Krafcik could lead the company. The announcement is expected to happen sometime in 2016.
“These potential ride-for-hire services could allow consumers to experience the technology and embrace it in a bigger way,” stated Thilo Koslowski, vice president and automotive practice leader at Gartner Inc. “That would help not just Google but the entire industry.”
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