Google confirms that it has no plans of becoming a car manufacturer.
The information came following a statement from the company's managing director for Germany, Austria and Switzerland who said that Google has no intentions in joining other companies in the car industry as far as making its own fleet of cars is concerned.
"That is not something we could do alone," said Philipp Justus, Google's managing director for central and Eastern Europe. "Google also does not intend to become a car manufacturer."
Justus added that Google is working to collaborate with the car making industry and become its partner, not a competition.
The speculation that Google may have intentions of building its own lineup of vehicles could have been fueled by the latest report that the company hired a CEO for its self-driving car project.
In an earlier report at Tech Times, it was said that Google recently hired John Krafcik as the company's first ever CEO of its autonomous car venture. Krafcik, a known auto world veteran, will begin assuming his post at the latter part of September.
Google believes that Krafcik's technical expertise and his extensive experience in the auto industry will be very valuable to the company.
"This is about getting ourselves ready for the future, so we can bring this technology to its full potential," said Google.
Krafcik seemed to echo the same sentiment and expressed his eagerness to start in his new post soon.
"This technology can save thousands of lives, give millions of people greater mobility, and free us from a lot of the things we find frustrating about driving today. I can't wait to get started," said Krafcik.
Perhaps what Google really wanted to say is that it has no intentions on entering the car making business on a serious note. So far, the company has 25 Lexus SUVs and five prototypes in its lineup of autonomous vehicles. It may have the resources to build such vehicles but only for the sole purpose of pushing the technology of autonomous driving.
Google's fleet of self-driving cars are now running on the streets of Mountain View and even in Austin, Texas. The cars can reportedly cover an average distance of 10,000 miles every week.
In the meantime, German premium car making companies such as BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz are all seriously expanding their pool of software experts in a race to beat Google in the self-driving car market. These experts are seen as an integral asset for companies that are into building futuristic cars which needed professional coding services that would allow the motors of electric cars to be battery connected, car users to talk to smartphones, and car brakes to be activated when the vehicle's radar system detects that an obstacle is about to be met.