Ex-Ford boss joins Google board amid car tech drive

Alan Mulally has joined the Google board of directors

Google has snapped up retired Ford CEO Alan Mulally and appointed him to its board of directors.

A veteran of the automotive and aviation industries, Mullaly was once hotly tipped to be Steve Balmer’s successor for the position of Microsoft CEO. However, these predictions did not come to fruition and Mulally will now serve on Google’s Audit Committee.

While Google has not officially announced whether Mulally will be involved in its self-driving car and Android Drive initiatives, his knowledge, experience and connections in the automotive industry could prove valuable for Google’s future car technology developments.

Google CEO Larry Page explained why he plucked 68-year-old Mulally out of retirement: “Alan brings a wealth of proven business and technology leadership experience. I am so pleased that Alan is now joining Google’s board.”

Mulally did not shed much light on the work he will be involved in at Google.

“I am honoured to serve on the board of a global iconic company that is dedicated to enhancing our lives. I look forward to working together with the Google board and management team to continue to deliver their compelling vision.”

Both Google and Ford are now heavily involved in developing in-car operating systems and platforms.

At this year’s Google I/O the company announced its Android Auto platform and revealed 25 automotive brands it will partner with – including Audi and Honda – in order to integrate Android with infotainment systems. Google is also working on self-driving cars.

Ford has its Sync and MyFord Touch platforms, which continue to receive updates and developments.

With main rival Apple making a push into the car tech market with its CarPlay system appearing in high-end cars such as the Ferrari FF, it comes as no surprise that Google is looking to bring automotive experts into its fold.

With major technology brands partnering with established automotive companies, the future of car technology promises to be very interesting. In January V3 identified 10 of the most exciting future car tech innovations.

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Source: v3.co.uk
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