Google's self-driving car project is getting serious.
It has a new CEO, John Krafcik, who has ten years at Hyundai under his belt to help turn the tech giant's vision into a reality.
Yes, true: I'm joining the Google Self-Driving Car project in late September.— John Krafcik (@johnkrafcik) September 14, 2015
Krafcik seemed excited about the move, tweeting: "This is a great opportunity to help Google develop the enormous potential of self-driving cars. I can’t wait to get started."
This is a great opportunity to help Google develop the enormous potential of self-driving cars. I can’t wait to get started.— John Krafcik (@johnkrafcik) September 14, 2015
The appointment of a new CEO could mean the self-driving car project is on its way to becoming a fully-formed business that falls under the newly-created Alphabet company.
A Google spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal: "We’re feeling good about our progress, so now we’re investing in building out a team that can help us bring this technology to its full potential.
"John’s combination of technical expertise and auto-industry experience will be particularly valuable as we collaborate with many different partners to achieve our goal.”
According to Ars Technica, Krafcik's main challenge is to turn the project into a "sellable" product.
The tech giant introduced low-speed, two-seater electric cars last year and said it was going to build just 100 vehicles by the end of 2015.
So far the driverless cars have been tested in Mountain View, California.
While Google still have to manoeuvre around safety legislation before the cars can take to the roads, Krafcik appeared confident in what the vehicles will be able to achieve.
Self-driving cars could save 1000s of lives, give people greater mobility & free us from things we find frustrating about driving today.— John Krafcik (@johnkrafcik) September 14, 2015
All that is left now is for Krafcik to prove he's right.