In an onstage interview with venture capitalist Ben Horowitz, Page explained the reason Google goes after so many different projects at once, admitting it can’t keep up with hyper-focused companies like Apple, so it prefers to go after multiple areas of interest, The Information reports.
This falls into place with some comments Page made a few months ago during a TED talk, where he said he questions the company’s age-old mission statement to “organize the world’s information.”
“People always say, ‘Is that what you guys are really still doing?’ and I always think about that myself and I’m not quite sure,” Page said in March.
While it might utilize organized information to get the job done, Google’s self-driving car hardly contributes to that original mission statement. Under this new lens, the company’s high-profile new project makes a little more sense. The self-driving car market has no competitors, so Google, even as a Jack of all trades, is free to wreak with technology.