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Google hires NHTSA exec to oversee its self-driving car program

Excerpt from The Detroit News

Skift Take

Medford’s hire and California’s legalizing of driverless cars bring Google two very important steps closer to turning its car curiosity into a reality.

— Jason Clampet

The No. 2 official at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is leaving government to join Google Inc. in January as the director of safety for self-driving cars.

Ron Medford, NHTSA’s deputy director, has a career of more than 40 years in government and been a key player in finalizing the landmark 2017-2025 corporate average fuel economy requirements to a fleetwide average of 54.5 mpg in 2025.

He’s been involved in all of the key safety issues NHTSA has investigated in recent years, as well as setting new safety rules.

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