When it comes to self-driving cars, Google is the first name which comes to mind, as the company is widely known as the biggest promoter and pioneer of the upcoming new industry. Even though one of their cars was recently involved in a minor accident, Google hasn’t stopped heavily investing in this next big thing.
According to a recent report coming from Reuters, it seems that Google is looking to hire more people as it’s actively expanding its self-driving car team. Research conducted by Reuters shows that Google has advertised nearly 40 jobs over the past four weeks, which shows that the company is on a hiring spree.
Google mentioned a couple of times that it wants to have self-driving car technology ready by 2020, showing their serious intentions. Reuters had more details regarding the persons responsible for the assembly of the team:
Google’s team is being assembled by John Krafcik, an industry veteran who previously headed Hyundai Motor Co’s U.S. operations and is an expert in product, development and manufacturing. Krafcik joined Google in September 2015.
Another senior executive with previous automotive experience, Paul Luskin, was hired last month as operations manager, according to his Linkedin profile. An engineer with stints at Jaguar Cars, Ford and Japanese supplier Denso Corp, Luskin most recently was president of Ricardo Defense Systems, a unit of Britain’s Ricardo PLC, according to the Linkedin profile.
Google hired industry veteran, Andy Warburton, in July to head the vehicle engineering team, according to his Linkedin profile. Warburton spent two years as a senior engineering manager at Tesla and 16 years as an engineering manager at Jaguar.
A third auto veteran, Sameer Kshisagar, joined Google in November as head of global supply management on the self-driving car team. Kshisagar is a manufacturing expert who previously worked for GM, according to his Linkedin profile.
Google are seeking mechanical engineers and others who’ve worked on vehicle development, car safety and hardware design. There are about 170 employees working in Google’s autonomous driving technology department, with a good part of the team being software and systems engineers and about 40 with automotive industry experience. Now it seems that Google is looking to hire more experts who have a background in the actual manufacturing process.
Making cars isn’t cheap, which could be the reason Google would opt for a partner, Google would provide some of the hardware and software rather than the cars themselves. Besides a plethora of issues related to actually building a working self-driving car, Google is also engaged in discussions with federal and state regulators regarding the motor vehicle safety standards for autonomous cars.