Google, Tesla: When you think of innovative technology companies, Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) and Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) are probably near the upper portion of your list, if not the very top. Tesla’s upcoming Model X and Model E/GenIII electric vehicles are widely though to be the cars of the future, even if other companies begin to effectively ape them.
Google, meanwhile, is known for a ton of different cool, secret projects at its Google X Lab, one of which is self-driving cars. Aside from being known for having really cool offices, that’s one of the most exciting things Google has going for it.
One word: beanbags.
Anyway, the reason we point this out is because one Reddit user noticed something very intriguing outside of Tesla’s factory today, and they uploaded the following picture of what they saw (about one hour ago):
You saw that correctly.
That’s a Google self-driving car (Note: It is not a Google Street View car), outside of Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA)’s main factory in Fremont, California. We have been unable to get a comment from either side of this alleged exchange (that is a Google logo on the side of the car), but what would Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) want with Tesla?
Well, Elon Musk has told multiple media outlets that his company would produce a driverless car by 2016. And obviously, while Google’s name has not been officially linked to this, he did reveal a few days ago that next year’s Model S will run Android and Google Chrome.
So there’s an existing relation here…which is what makes the aforementioned image so interesting.
Until we have an update for you, there’s nothing to add to this story, other than the facts that we know:
- There was an experimental Google self-driving car outside of the main Tesla factory today.
- Elon Musk announced a growing partnership with Google earlier this week.
- Tesla is interested in making self-driving car technology soon.
- Google already makes self-driving car technology.
When we look at all of the pieces of the puzzle, an even larger Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)-Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) partnership doesn’t seem so ridiculous after all.