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Google Scaled Back Self-Driving Car Ambitions

Alphabet has backed off plans to develop a revolutionary car without a steering wheel or pedals, at least for now, according to people close to the closely-watched project. Instead, the self-driving car pioneer has settled on a more practical effort to partner with automakers to make a vehicle that drives itself but has traditional features for human drivers.

Meanwhile, Larry Page is planning to move its self-driving unit out of Google X, its “moonshot factory,” into a separate company under Alphabet, something that’s expected to be announced soon. That move has led to recent efforts to hire more managers to work under former Hyundai executive John Krafcik, who took over the program a little over a year ago.

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