SEVAL ÖZ OVERSEES THE PROJECT
A Turkish woman is overseeing Google's driverless car project; Seval Öz, who also happens to be the sister of the well-known doctor Mehmet Öz.
Gül also had the chance to try on another Google innovation called Google Glasses. The President even watched a film wearing the special navigation glasses. Gül also checked out the Tarabya Palace from the headquarters' huge Google Earth screen.
After his visit to Google, Gül later spoke with journalists at Microsoft. The president was asked whether the speculation that he plans to become a candidate for NATO Secretary General when his term of presidency is over. Gül responded by stating, "It is very nice that Turkey is being mentioned in connection to such an important position, however I am not considering becoming a candidate."
'THE FATİH PROJECT IS THE PRIME MINISTER'S'
After visiting Google, Gül went on to stop at both Facebook and Microsoft, where he introduced the Fatih Project, which involves providing tablet computers to schools in Turkey. When it was brought up that Gül is extremely active in technology, while the Prime Minister is not as active in social media, Gül stated, "Yes, but the Fatih Project is the Prime Minister's".
Mentioning that a number of Silicon Valley firms expressed interest in the Fatih Project, Gül states, "There will be a lot of competition; however we need to not think about this as being a purchase. We must act in accordance to Turkey's benefit. This project will be a significant pilot application for these firms."