Roush has a pretty booming business. Not only does it build some seriously raucous Ford-based products, but it's also got its fingers in racing, transportation and military manufacturing. Now, rumor has it that Roush might be adding one more feather to its cap, as it may be in cahoots with Google to build the California tech giant's new fully autonomous car.

The report comes from Jalopnik's Detroit sub-blog, which reports that an anonymous source has confirmed that the Livonia, MI-based company is screwing together the tiny, two-seat autonomous car that we showed you earlier today. Both Roush and Google issued statements to Jalopnik that neither confirm nor deny the company's involvement in the project.

According to the unnamed source, Roush is currently hiring engineers for the project, which will see assembly commence at the company's Allen Park, MI facility. There's also, allegedly, been a fair amount of travel to Mountain View, CA for current employees.

We'll keep our ears open for any additional information.


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      bK
      • 9 Months Ago
      Looks like a koala
      JS
      • 9 Months Ago
      Why, why did they have to give it a face? Why?
        DarylMc
        • 9 Months Ago
        @JS
        There is no doubt it is a face. It's not smiling though. Fair enough. Navigating traffic in a car has that effect on me too:)
      Joeviocoe
      • 9 Months Ago
      Rouch also makes Prototypes. This car is a prototype for testing autonomous driving. "Google will build about 100 prototypes, with testing set to begin later this summer." per Brandon's early article. Google is, at the most, making a few NEVs for campuses and golf courses. Not for public roads.
      Cut
      • 9 Months Ago
      Finally, a car that Pontiac Aztek owners can trade up to!
      username
      • 9 Months Ago
      Huh. would have thought it was Rinspeed... The way I see it, the problem with self driving cars is attention. people who inhabit self driving cars may not be texting, reading, putting on makeup or tending to their children, but the fact is without a steering wheel or pedals, passengers would not be paying as much attention to their surroundings as they would if they were actually in control of the vehicle. Driving ourselves keeps us at attention.In the event of a malfunction, even if there was a manual override system it wouldn't do it's job very well. Reaction time would be severely effected because people wouldn't be paying as much attention as they would if they were in control. if we can't do X, Y or Z as we are being driven around, what's the point of autonomous cars? If we have to pay every bit of attention possible, we might as well drive ourselves.
        Krondor
        • 9 Months Ago
        @username
        I'm having trouble processing your comment. Isn't the point so you don't have to pay attention? I mean, as you said, these cars have no steering wheel, brake pedal, or accelerator pedal. What possible reaction could you expect a passenger to take without any manual controls? I suppose there's probably an emergency stop button, but I doubt you'd see little else (unless it's mandated by law). I guess I see you agreeing with me at the end, but who is telling you otherwise (that you have to pay attention that is)?
      yesaninsider
      • 9 Months Ago
      The 'Industries' division of Roush does prototyping, build, testing/development for a variety of OEMs. They work with both foreign and domestic OEMs...anyone who will pay them. Worked there for 8 yrs. It's kept fairly quiet given their public alliance with Ford in Roush's Performance and Racing divisions. This article really isn't news or surprising for anyone who works within the automotive industry or for the OEMs...
        Julio B
        • 9 Months Ago
        @yesaninsider
        Stillen has a prototyping and military division too. Saleen built the Bumblebee Camaro based off a late model GTO for the Transformers movie. Nothing new here, just business.
      EJD1984
      • 9 Months Ago
      I got it! It's the Adipose of cars. :-)
      • 9 Months Ago
      With the guidance device on top, it looks like the robotic cars of the future are going to look like police cars. Marcel
      Glenn
      • 9 Months Ago
      Since google is an advertising company, just think of the ways they could monetize this.
      fordskydog
      • 9 Months Ago
      I love driving. I support autonomous vehicles. I can't take that seriously though. I think it should appeal to enthusiasts.
      Revis Goodworth
      • 9 Months Ago
      This car is called the Obama. Laws don't matter. Who needs a manual override when Government knows better. Half the car is white and half the car isn't. This car will go nowhere but the odometer will read over a million miles traveled. And it will know every basketball court, golf course, and little league game that is being played and will stop unannounced on the way. Don't worry about it working, being comfortable, or being less expensive than your current ride. These points don't matter.
        Joe Acerbic
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Revis Goodworth
        This car runs over bin Laden which makes some morons desperately babble "Any car would have done that!"
      otj1231
      • 9 Months Ago
      I will never in my life support self driving cars, taking away the fun thrill of driving freedom is not something I want or anyone normal wants.
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