Google names John Krafcik as first CEO of its autonomous car project
It seems that Google will speed up its autonomous car project as it made an announcement on Sunday that auto-world veteran John Krafcik will be first CEO of their project. Prior to the new post, Krafcik has been serving as a president of consumer-focused pricing site TrueCar. Earlier, he was CEO of Hyundai's US operations.
Later this month, he will start working at the company. According to him, "This technology can save thousands of lives, give millions of people greater mobility, and free us from a lot of the things we find frustrating about driving today. I can't wait to get started".
Chris Urmson, the leader of autonomous car program of Google, will continue to work as in charge as the company’s technical chief. Urmson will be reporting to Krafcik, who has played engineering roles at Ford for nearly 14 years from 1990 to 2004. In 1984, he began his career in the auto industry, soon after he got a mechanical engineering degree at Stanford University. That time he started working at a former joint-venture plant of Toyota and General Motors.
Autonomous vehicle project of the company is considered to be one of the most developed among others in this field that currently include automakers and new tech entrants like Uber and Apple.
A Google spokeswoman said that they are happy with their progress; at the moment they are investing in coming up with a team that could assist in bringing this technology to its complete potential. She added that John’s expertise will help them achieve their goal.