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

Excerpt from The Detroit News

Nov 19, 2012 7:37 am

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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.

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Google's self-driving car, parked next to a Tesla electric car. Jurvetson / Flickr.com


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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