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GM Open to Discussing Partnership With Google's Driverless Car


General Motors is open to the idea of collaboration with Google on developing autonomous vehicle technology.

In an interview at the Detroit auto show, General Motors chief technology officer Jon Lauckner told Reuters: "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."

However, any automaker that pursues a working relationship with the tech giant will need to thrash out how such a partnership would operate.

"You have to figure out how would something like that actually 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 tires," the GM executive said.

Lauckner said that many people who are currently working on Google's autonomous vehicle program have worked with GM in the past, and he would be "completely surprised" if Google did not have a strong contribution to give to autonomous vehicle research and development.

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