Ford and Google are forming a joint venture to build self-driving vehicles using Google's technology in a partnership that's expected to be announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, reports Yahoo Autos.
For Google, the pairing would allow the technology company to avoid a costly build-out of automotive manufactuing infrastructure for its self-driving car project. Google now has 53 test vehicles on the road in California and Texas.
For Ford, the partnership offers a way to speed up development of autonomous-vehicle technology. Earlier this year, Ford expanded its Silicon Valley research center, and last week the automaker announced it was testing a fully autonomous Fusion Hybrid on California roads.
The testing is part of Ford's 10-year autonomous vehicle development program and a key element of Ford Smart Mobility, the automaker's plan to take the company to the next level in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics.
Originally posted on Automotive Fleet