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(Credit: NOAH BERGER/AFP/Getty Images) A self-driving car traverses a parking lot at Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California on January 8, 2015. US-TECHNOLOGY-CAR
February 15
7:09 AM 2016

Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google is expanding its Google X Car project. The company announced to hire more expert in manufacturing and engineering and bring its self-driving car into the market.

Google posted a job listing last week, announcing thirty-six vacant position related to its Google X car project. That list included engineer positions working on motion control, displays, robotics and sensors. There are also vacant position in managerial positon in charge of operations, materials and marketing.

The sudden hiring indicated Google's intention to push forward the spin-out of self-driving car project into a standalone business making and marketing autonomous vehicles.This will be another spin-out after its last year's life-sciences division, which develop contact lenses, robotic surgery tools and clinical software.

According to Reuters, Google declined to comment and the company has denied its interest in making cars in the past. However, many industry experts believe the tech giant will partner with an established carmaker, to supply software that will pioneer the fully autonomous vehicle.

As quoted by Digital Trends, the company's introduction to the job posting said, "The self-driving car project aims to improve people's lives by transforming mobility and making it easier and safer for everyone to get around, regardless of their ability to drive. So far, we've self-driven over one million miles and are currently out on the streets of Mountain View, California and Austin, Texas."

The job posting described the role and responsibility for a manufacturing process engineeris described as, "designing factory assembly stations, optimizing production floor layout, automating critical manufacturing processes and approving fixture designs used in the assembly of electronic modules for the self-driving car."

While another position for operations manager described building automated assembly lines and managing manufacturing partners. The company also looking for managerial positions on operations, materials, and marketing.

A project manager at the Centre for Automotive Research Mark Stevens told The Guardian about an unexpected hiring from Google, "Obviously, they are planning to scale up." The former plant manager for General Motors then added, "But they are planning to stay with plastics, polymers or some sort of composite material."

In the job list, there are many jobs required an experience of working in Asia. Stevens presume the new company will outsource the manufacture of tooling in Asia, in order to build the next generation of autonomous vehicles.

However, Google does not imply to plan to mass-produce its autonomous-driving car soon. It Is because according to Stevens, "Composites are typically not deployed on high volume vehicles. And Google's specifying of expertise in the accuracy and utilization of assets also implies lower volume production."

Experts believed that Google will expand its autonomous vehicle project into a new business. As it announced to hire more experts manufacturing and engineering and bring its self-driving car into the market.

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