Google is planning to announce a partnership with Ford to create an independent company that will build self-driving cars, according to a report.
Yahoo Autos said three sources "familiar with the plans" believe Ford will announce the partnership in January at the Consumer Electronics Show.
Neither Ford nor Google would confirm the partnership plans.
"We have been and will continue working with many companies and discussing a variety of subjects related to our Ford Smart Mobility plan," Ford stated in a reply to Computerworld. "We keep these discussions private for obvious competitive reasons, and we do not comment on speculation."
Jeremy Carlson, a senior analyst with IHS Automotive, said during a webcast last week that Google is serious about spinning off a separate autonomous car company. Carlson said sources believed Google would develop service-only vehicles and not a traditional car manufacturing business.
Autonomous services vehicles would be used as taxis and deliveries, but not as personally owned vehicles.
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