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GM expresses intention to work with Google on driverless cars

General Motors made public its intention to work with Google on developing self-driving car technology, according to the chief technology officer for the US car-maker.

"I'm not in charge of deciding what we will and won't do, but I'd say we'd certainly be open to having a discussion with them," said Jon Lauckner in an interview at the Detroit auto show.

Lauckner commented ahead of Google’s Chris Urmson scheduled speech at the conference, where he is expected to announce his company’s strategy to reach out to the auto industry.

Although the trend is pointing towards driverless cars, with most car-makers rushing to introduce their first concept cars of the like seen in E&T news reports, it is paramount to develop technology that allows for it.

Talking about a potential collaboration with Google, Lauckner said they would need to establish how the relationship would work.  

"Would it be something where it would be an opportunity to work together in a joint development agreement? I'd say probably anybody who's interested ought to at least go over and kick the tyres," Lauckner said.

"I'd be completely surprised if Google doesn't have something to offer," he added. "We know they have talented people and we know they have capability."

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