Short Bytes: According to a media report, Alphabet has ditched the plans to develop its own self-driving car from the scratch. Instead, it is expected to partner with automobile makers and launch a new self-driving taxi service by the end of next year.It looks like Google’s parent, Alphabet, has decided scale back its self-driving car plans, according to a report from The Information.
Instead of working on its own car without a steering wheel and pedals, Google is partnering with the conventional automobile companies with an aim to roll out an autonomous taxi service by the end of 2017.
The company is already working with Fiat Chrysler and others are expected to join soon. Alphabet CEO Larry Page and CFO Ruth Porat are the ones who termed the approach ‘impractical’, despite the fact that Google’s autonomous cars have traveled more than 2 million miles on public roads.
As a result, Larry Page is planning to move company’s self-driving unit, commonly called Chauffeur, out of Google X and make it a separate company under Alphabet.
Google co-founder Sergey Brin is also in favor of ditching the plans to develop a self-driving car from the scratch.
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The company is hosting a media event on Tuesday and we can expect an announcement related to its self-driving business.
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