Report: Google scoops up former Ford and Hyundai CEO, John Krafcik

Google apparently scored well with a new upper management hire by scooping up former CEO of Hyundai Motor America, John Krafcik, for assistance with their latest prospects on sustainable mobility, such as their autonomous vehicle research.

Krafcik was recently most notable for being the President and CEO of Hyundai and has worked at other major automakers like Ford Motor Company.

Due to take the position sometime later this month, Krafcik will reportedly advise Google on automobile manufacturing, given his experience with coordinating two major systems because of his expertise on the matter, following his extensive education at MIT.

Though while speaking with¬†AutomotiveNews, a spokesperson said Krafcik’s hiring¬†is no indication that Google is preparing to produce cars themselves. If only Pinocchio was actually around to judge that himself.

Instead, Krafcik is most likely aiding Google in terms of providing them with insight on how to manufacturer autonomous driving technology on a mass-market scale, as Google’s Chris Urmson said the team’s current goal at the tech giant was just to lead the industry with technical development.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: AutomotiveNews


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