Google is insistent it’s not looking to build a car. That’s funny, because it just hired away Tesla’s Autopilot chief engineer.

The keen eyes at 9to5google noticed an update to Robert Rose’s LinkedIn profile. He, up until this month, was the engineering manager for Tesla’s Autopilot semi-autonomous driving system.

Before that, Rose worked at Elon Musk’s other venture, SpaceX, as a software engineer.

So why snatch up someone with experience in creating perhaps one of the most robust semi-autonomous driving systems to date if you’re not planning to build and market a car? Likely, Google is instead looking to create a software backbone for automakers to add to their cars Read more…

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