News of Google’s autonomous vehicle program has been circulating for sometime, but reports out of the US suggest the company may now be preparing to design its own car.
But according to former Wall Street Journal writer Jessica Lessin, insiders at Google have confirmed the tech giant is considering a fleet of self-driven taxi cabs.
It is unclear however if Google would operate the fleet itself, or manage the development of the vehicles and lease them to existing taxi operators.
Further talk of an in-house car project for Google comes from German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, which reports that Google has been in talks with parts Continental AG to supply components.
However, at least one of the company insiders who spoke with Jessica Lessin said that Google hasn’t quit on the idea of partnering with an established carmaker.
Earlier this year, a report out of the 2013 Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress said it would be unlikely that autonomous vehicles would appear in showrooms before 2025.
In the mean time, a a fleet of autonomous taxi cabs developed by Google and operated by a private company could be the in-between step before self-driven vehicles are offered to the general public.