Industry insiders have long speculated that Silicon Valley's technology firms would eventually team up with Detroit's big automakers to develop self-driving vehicles.
Though both companies would claim a win if a deal were to take shape, at least one analyst is questioning if Ford would be making a deal with "a wolf at the door."
In a note to investors, RBC Capital analyst Joe Spak went on to write that his firm thought automakers "would be reluctant to hand over the keys to Google (or another tech player), as this moves [them] down the path of being a contract manufacturer."
That would make it more difficult to sell vehicles on brand, Spak explained, referencing trends seen among computers and mobile phones. He admitted, however, that it could simply be an expansion of Ford's Smart Mobility plan, which aims to explore new business models.