Krafcik is the former CEO of Hyundai’s US arm, and had been working for online car-purchasing service TrueCar before accepting the position with Google.
But despite bolstering its armoury of automotive knowhow yet again, Google maintains it is not, in fact, about to begin building its own cars.
Instead, the tech giant will continue to concentrate on technology for self-driven cars.
“We’re feeling good about our progress, so now we’re investing in building out a team that can help us bring this technology to its full potential in the coming years,” Google said in a statement to Bloomberg.
“John’s combination of technical expertise and auto industry experience will be particularly valuable as we collaborate with many different partners to achieve our goal of transforming mobility for millions of people.”
Mr Krafcik said via social media that he believed autonomous cars could improve mobility and safety as they continued to develop.
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