Details are murky behind the scenes of quasi-secretive Google and its effort to build autonomous cars, but another top talent has been recruited from Tesla to potentially help it along its way.
Reports indicate Google has hired Robert Rose, Tesla Motors’ former lead software engineer described by some as the “brains” behind Tesla’s Autopilot program – and he at least played an important role.
At present it isn’t clear if he’ll be a part of Google’s self-driving car project, but reports are surmising that may be the plan, though other reports speak to the contrary.
Rose, a software engineer, previously worked for SpaceX as the director of flight software engineer, and then at Tesla as the leader of the team that developed Autopilot. Altogether, he worked a little over six years at the two companies, both of which are led by Elon Musk.
Though Rose worked on Tesla’s autonomous technologies, a Business Insider source said Rose will not be working on the same technologies for Google’s self-driving car (pictured above). Google hasn’t elaborated on Rose’s new position with the company, though Rose noted on LinkedIn that he is in the very secretive Google Robotics division.
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Google has been public about other new additions to its self-driving car project, which include former Hyundai CEO John Krafcik as the new leader. The tech company is also actively looking for partners within the automotive industry to mass-produce its self-driving cars.
However, Google is not the only company in California developing connected autonomous cars. Tesla, Apple and Faraday Future are also based out of Silicon Valley and are working on electric vehicles that can drive themselves, communicate with each other and communicate with the larger infrastructure.
This concentration of California-based automakers could soon pose a threat to Detroit automakers and other global concerns. Though their technology may be considered on the fringe at the moment, the types of vehicles currently in development in the Silicon Valley have the potential to become disruptors within the auto industry, knocking down sales of traditional vehicles.
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