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Google's parent company, Alphabet, is reportedly putting its plans for building a car without a steering wheel or pedals on hold.
It has been reported that Alphabet plans instead to focus on partnerships with automakers to produce a vehicle that drives itself but still retains the traditional cockpit features currently necessary to pilot a car. 

The change could help the company launch a ride-sharing service with autonomous cars by the end of 2017, people close to the project told the site.
Google had wowed the world with its prototype self-driving car in 2014, a true spectacle that was said to work without a steering or brakes. Instead of the car controls indispensable to today's drivers, Google's prototype relied on built-in sensors and a software system to safely maneuver the vehicle.
Alphabet have long since planned to have self driving cars, experimenting since 2009, with an eye for eventually creating a business providing software to traditional car manufacturers. One of the main incentives for developing autonomous vehicles is to make roads safer by eliminating the possibility for crashes caused by human error.
According to CNET, Alphabet CEO Larry Page is also moving ahead with plans to promote the self-driving car effort from a project at its experimental lab X to its own business under the Alphabet umbrella, The Information reported. The move began when it started separating the car group's finances at the beginning of the year, X chief Astro Teller said in October during the Wall Street Journal's WSJ.D Live global technology conference.

Be on your toes cause Uber could be bringing us self-driving car experience soon.On Thursday ride service Uber Technologies said it acquired self-driving trucks startup Otto(a start-up company less than a year old with less than 100 employees, will be for 1 percent of Uber’s valuation, if certain technical targets are met), and formed a $300 million alliance with Volvo Car Group to develop self-driving cars.Uber is also looking to expand into the trucking industry, which had revenue of about $726.4 billion in the United States in 2015, according to trade data.The initiative from Uber to engage in the development of self-driving vehicles if eventually comes trough could save them the biggest cost of paying drivers.

Uber Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick wrote in a blogspost saying “Partnership is crucial to our self-driving strategy because Uber has no experience making cars.” Carpooling firms have formed alliances with large automakers, such as General Motors Co and ride-hailing service Lyft, to accelerate those efforts, which depend on software and hardware working together to give a vehicle the right reflexes in traffic.Uber, which has a research center in Pittsburgh,plans by the end of this month to begin a pilot program where trusted customers would be giving the chance to summon a self-driving car for use in a downtown Pittsburgh.according to informed sources.

There was no timeline given for the alliance, but the source said the goal is to develop a fully self-driving car by 2021, and that Uber, which does not plan to make its own vehicle, will align with other automakers over time.So far Otto has tested self-driving trucks for highway use only.A spokesman for U.S. safety regulator National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it “continues to engage with all entities that are developing, testing and deploying automated technologies to ensure that they are advancing road safety,federal guidelines will be issued soon on development and testing of highly automated vehicles.”
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