Google’s autonomous car project is on a recruitment rampage
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Google may not have plans to build its anticipated autonomous car on its own, but a long list of new job openings confirm it is planning to take a direct hand in most of the pre-production work.
A full 36 positions were listed by the Google X research and development arm of Google’s newly launched parent company Alphabet, which is responsible for all of the tech giant’s experimental projects. The call for talent ranges from relatively conventional roles in the automotive industry like mechanical, NVH and electrical engineers to manufacturing process and supplier experts, while roles for robotics software specialists point to the company’s self-driving vehicle aspirations.
Many of the positions are prefaced with an introduction that touches on Google’s self-driving vehicle project, although the company has been far from secretive in the years leading up to this point. The introduction reads: "The self-driving car project aims to improve people's lives by transforming mobility and making it easier and safer for everyone to get around, regardless of their ability to drive. "So far, we've self-driven over one million miles and are currently out on the streets of Mountain View, California and Austin, Texas."
Where Google will go with its driverless cars beyond this point is unclear, although recent reports suggest the company’s manufacturing needs will be fulfilled by Ford, which has been making significant strides of its own on the autonomous vehicles front.
The small but rapidly growing driverless vehicle industry is projected to be worth more than $90 billion by 2030. According to the managing director of ARRB Group in Australia, driverless vehicles could reduce Australia’s annual $27 billion ‘road safety bill’ by up to 90 percent.