businessinsider.com – Matthew DeBord
On Monday, Google announced that it had hired an executive with decades of auto-industry experience to run its self-driving car project.
John Krafcik started out at GM, spent over a decade at Ford, and then moved over to Hyundai at a time when the South Korean car maker was revamping its image in the US. More recently, he was president of TrueCar, a website that provides consumers with buying guidance.
Krafick is the most high-profile hire Silicon Valley has made so far in the push to create a driverless car. It’s also the clearest sign we’ve yet received that Google is doing more than fooling around with podmobiles that can operate without human control — Google is building a real car.