Google, Continental & IBM working on autonomous driving systems: report

Summary:Some good news for people anxiously awaiting the driverless future.

A potential alliance has been formed between Google, Continental & IBM to develop autonomous driving systems, according to reports.

Google and automaker Continental began testing high-tech autonomous cars in 2012 -- clocking up thousands of miles of testing and leaving road regulators and insurers in a spin -- but now, it seems that the two firms may be teaming up to pool their knowledge.

According to German newspaper Daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Google is close to finalizing a research and development deal not only with Continental, but also with IBM. While details remain sketchy, the publication did say that the companies plan to formally announce the pact at the Frankfurt Car Show in September.

Citing anonymous sources, the paper says that the companies will collectively create an automated driving system for cars.

In June, Volvo unveiled a concept car that parks in a vacant spot driver-free. GM, Ford, Toyota and Volkswagen are also exploring how technology can be used to make driving safer.

Via: Reuters

Image credit: Google

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

Topics: Innovation

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