Google opened a number of jobs for its self-driving car project in an attempt to hasten the manufacturing process.
The parent company of Google, Alphabet, recently listed 36 job openings for marketing and manufacturing, underlining that the company wants to get a foothold in the autonomous-driving market.
“[Design] go-to-market strategy and storytelling to win hearts and minds of community members, influences and governments” is what Google expects its future marketing manager to do.
A manufacturing process engineer should be prepared, among other things, to do the following: design factory assembly stations, optimize the production floor layout, automate the processes from critical manufacturing stages and last but not least, approve fixture designs. All of these must be checked in order to secure a safe “assembly of electronic modules for the self-driving car.”
Previous statements from Google underlined that the company has little interest in building cars. The alternative, the company said, is to team up with an established auto maker that could implement Google’s technology.
However, some jobs require expertise in operations and engineering, hinting at the fact that the company might actually consider building some hardware parts itself.
In September last year, the company recruited former Hyundai America CEO, John Krafcik, for the leading position in its self-driving car department.
The driverless division of Google, dubbed X, got a major lift after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) accepted to consider the AI that controls the self-driving car as a legitimate “driver,” which would no longer require a human driver as well.
As we are on the subject, know that Google has an open position for policy analyst, who would be in charge of handling the product agendas in front of regulators from within and without the administration.
Rumors from late last year hint that Google and Ford signed a partnership to bring out driver-less cars. Krafcik himself is a former Ford employee, as he was with the car maker for 14 years.
Google recently started to test its driver-less cars in Kirkland, Washington. This is the third testing ground for the company, which also deployed autonomous cars in Mountain View, California and Austin, Texas.