After months of speculations, testing, and controversies, the self-driving car by Google seems to be in a full swing. Earlier this week, it got a major boost recently when US vehicle safety regulators accepted its AI-powered tech as drivers under Federal Law. And now Alphabet has posted dozens of jobs (36 to be precise) related to the Google X car project.
A majority of these jobs are related to the manufacturing positions in addition to managerial positions. These are in the field of operations, supply, materials, and marketing. The positions include engineers who can work on motion control, displays, robotics and sensors.
In addition to it, there are vacancies for a manufacturing process engineer, manufacturing supplier quality engineer, and mechanical global supply chain manager. A look at the job descriptions of these positions gives a more detailed insight into the Google’s plans to manufacture self-driving cars.
The manufacturing process engineer will be responsible for 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.
The manufacturing supplier quality engineer will be responsible for creating and approving manufacturing inspection processes, equipment, tools gauges and fixtures for raw material, mechanical components, and mechanical assemblies. A mechanical global supply chain manager will look after manufacturing development execution and other tasks.
Apart from these manufacturing positions, Google has also posted jobs in marketing. For instance, a marketing manager is required to shape go-to-market strategy and storytelling to win hearts and minds of community members, influencers, and governments.
The majority of jobs in the field of manufacturing may come as a surprise to some because Google had previously said that it would partner with other automobile companies for making the cars implying that it might only work on the software side and tech behind the cars.
In fact, there have been strong rumors of a partnership between Google and Ford for developing self-driving cars. Ford was also expected to announce such deal at the CES 2016 which took place last month.
And Ford did reveal its plans of developing high-tech cars and their ongoing research in autonomous cars but there was no mention of Google.
Last year in September, Google had hired former Hyundai head John Krafcik to hire its self-driving car division indicating that it may also work towards developing the hardware side of cars.
Last month, Krafick shared the company plans to form partnerships with established carmakers and suppliers in 2016 to accelerate the work in self-driving cars.