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Trevor Collett | Nov, 01 2015 | 0 Comments

General Motors and Google may be about to throw their combined might behind a partnership to develop self-driven cars, as the technology enters a new phase.

Product development boss for GM, Mark Reuss, has hinted at a proposed partnership in an interview this week.

Mr Reuss referenced the work Google has already done with the progression of its autonomous car projects, and noted that the tech giant is looking for an automotive partner as it moves on to the next stage - despite having designed and built its own car (pictured, top of page).

Google wants a partner to help it build cars, GM wants a partner to accelerate its autonomous technology, and Mr Reuss believes the pair could form that desired partnership in the future.

“We make cars, we know how to make cars," Mr Reuss said, speaking with Bloomberg.

"They've got great technical capabilities. We are very interested in how those two might work together."

There’s barely a mainstream carmaker in the market right now that isn’t investing heavily in the development of autonomous technology.

The likes of Tesla and Volvo have already fired some early shots. Tesla launched its Update 7.0 (pictured above) for the Model S last month with Autopilot functions while Volvo’s all-new XC90 SUV was launched this year with the Swedish carmaker calling it “highly autonomous”.

Daimler is also well advanced with its autonomous Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner test vehicles.

GM, therefore, is keen to keep up with the competition, and a partnership with Google could be just what the global carmaker needs.

Google rival Apple is also believed to be working on autonomous car technology, and the latter could also be looking for an automotive partner soon.

A partnership with Google might also complement GM’s recent partnership with LG, with LG’s battery and infotainment tech to feature heavily in GM’s new Bolt electric vehicle.

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