Google meets Detroit: Former Ford CEO Alan Mulally joins Google’s board

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As Google’s (s goog) connected car and driverless vehicle ambitions increase, it needed to find a car guy to advise it on the rather arcane and insular ways of the automotive industry. Well, Google got its gearhead.

Former Ford Motor Company(s f) CEO and President Alan Mulally has joined Google board of directors and will serve on Google’s audit committee, Google revealed in its blog today. Google didn’t say specifically that Mulally would advise the company on automotive matters, but you have to figure that Mulally’s eight years at the helm of one the world’s most storied automakers — one which he managed to save from bankruptcy — has got to have something to do with the decision.

As I’ve pointed out before, Silicon Valley and Detroit have very different views about how and how fast the automotive industry needs to innovate. Mulally could help Google make sense of the…

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