Google, well known tester of self-driving cars, may have just come one step closer to making its sci-fi tech a widely realistic proposition. Along with IBM, it's inked a deal with tier one supplier Continental, according to Reuters. The official announcement is set to be made during September's Frankfurt Motor Show.

This is really a huge development for the world of driverless cars. Continental has its hands in a number of pies, supplying tires, brakes, stability control systems and other essential components to manufacturers. Google, meanwhile, is one of the biggest names in tech and has been toying with driverless vehicles for years, making this a formidable pairing. This could be the kick in the pants driverless cars need to get further into the mainstream consciousness.

Continental is already teamed up with Cisco Systems, as well, in a bid to establish data transfer networks between cars. All told, there are some mighty big names throwing their hats into the autonomous ring. Expect more news on the terms of this alliance at Frankfurt.


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      Levine Levine
      • 1 Year Ago
      GM, Ford, Chrysler, where's your leadership in all this high tech stuff?
      Ryan
      • 1 Year Ago
      How about having a red flashing light on a computer driven car? And how about they start by having the cars drive from outside one big city to outside another big city. Mainly out west. I think that would be the way to start this. If you could ride in a car leaving from just outside Silicon Valley and arrive in Las Vegas the next morning...or leave Las Vegas in the middle of the night and get to Silicon Valley the next morning, I think that would be a popular option. The car could also drive at 55mph-60mph and save fuel since you will be asleep.
        Ionut
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ryan
        red flashing light ?!?!?!?!?! wont that distract other drivers ?!?!?!?!?
      Tweaker
      • 1 Year Ago
      Would have been good if the article mentioned that Continental is already Europe's main developer of driverless tech. It's already here in the way of lane assist warnings and other gizmos being installed in current Mercedes, for example. Self-parking is another that has been around for years.
      edward.stallings
      • 1 Year Ago
      It is a matter of time before somebody hacks one of these cars and mows down a bunch of people with it. Bad enough all the a-holes behind the wheel as it is. Now there are gonna be no-holes creeping around?
      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      Whats with those geeky glasses these gugu people wear?
        Kimura
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        It's called Google, and the "glasses" is he is wearing is actually Google Glass.
          tinted up
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Kimura
          You know you really don't have to give these guys more credit than they deserve. As for Glass... I have a feeling the NSA is going to cop a big feel on whatever info Google soaks from that venture. I don't trust them...
      rbnhd1144
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like Google but this is going too far for me. Take the bus, cab or a bike of you dont want to drive. I just hope they wont be too big to sue once the first fatality happens, we already know nobody will go to jail no matter how many people they kill.
        Katina
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rbnhd1144
        This would help people like me. I have had seizures for the past 10 years of my life and they're getting worse. I have a job and I depend on people to drive me. Also I live in the COUNTRY! There are no buses, no cabs, and I wasn't taught how to ride a bike. Even if I learned to ride a bike it would be 30 miles away. I'm also not going to give up my house for an apartment in a horrible area because that's only where the buses are.
      mycommentemail
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looking forward to the day these things are commonplace. Gonna get rid of my stupid 'sensible' car and just (hopefully) use these things like a cheap taxi for my daily needs. Then on the weekend I'll blow my car budget on a nice 65 Alfa GT and have a blast.
      benjamin_braddock
      • 1 Year Ago
      Self-driving cars that can see where you go, when you went and how fast you got there. Google coming up with more great ways to spy on people. Great stuff!
      brotherkenny4
      • 1 Year Ago
      I had to Google "shacking up" and Continental.
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