GM Refused to Work on Google's Self-Driving Car Project Because of Data Requests

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Google announced a historic partnership with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on the development of driverless cars. A report now claims GM backed out of the deal because of a misunderstanding regarding data requests.
Apparently, General Motors was also in talks with Google regarding the self-driving car deal, but the two potential partners did not agree on the matter of data disclosure requests.

The report is quoting insiders stating that Google wanted its potential automotive partners to supply data retrieved from the self-driving vehicles.

While our original article on the topic indicated that Google wanted to use the collected information to figure out where customers would drive most often, a representative of the tech giant contacted us for clarification.

He explained that Google wants to gather information just from the self-driving system. Once retrieved, engineers would then use the data to improve the behavior of Google's self-driving system for vehicles.

Tesla already applies this approach for its Autopilot system, so this explanation makes sense. It's worth noting that the Google representative did not explain why the deal with General Motors did not get signed, but their partnership with FCA is open enough to allow the company from Mountain View to work with other automotive partners.

As you already know, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Google have signed a collaboration which focuses on self-driving vehicles. The FCA group will provide Google with a fleet of 100 Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid models, which will be used for self-driving trials. The partnership was described as an open one, allowing both partners to work with other companies in this field.

While Google and General Motors did not confirm the situation outlined in the Bloomberg report on the matter, it’s worth noting that BMW and Daimler ditched a self-driving car deal with Apple on similar concerns. Both Google and Apple are known for collecting usage data from users, and the information is then used for predicting user behavior. However, Google's representative underlined the fact that the company has no plans of selling ads in driverless cars.
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Sebastian's love for cars began at a young age. Little did he know that a career would emerge from this passion (and that it would not, sadly, involve being a professional racecar driver). In over fourteen years, he got behind the wheel of several hundred vehicles and in the offices of the most important car publications in his homeland.
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