The founders of Google and one of their autonomous Toyota Prius hybridsEnlarge Photo
At least, it's on the table as the next project for the big brains at the search-is-just-part-of-the-game web company. Having tried and failed to find an automotive partner for its self-driving car technology, Google may set out on its own. And it could field a fleet of "robo-taxis" with the cars it builds.
Google, says Lessin, has been talking with carmakers about building new vehicles to its own specifications. This news comes just days after a report of a deal between Google, IBM, and Continental AG--a well-known automotive tire and parts supplier.
What could come of these new cars? Lessin has the full speculative romp, but the undercurrent is this: there may be a new high-tech automotive startup on the scene soon, and this one has pockets deep enough to hold Elon Musk several dozen times over.
Google-liveried 2012 Mitsubishi iEnlarge Photo