Friday, January 13, 2017

At Detroit Auto Show

Some about what's going on -- and some about the huge numbers of decisions and reasons those decisions are made. There are a lot of moving parts in large businesses, and that's one of the reasons that sometimes things that are obvious to an outsider can't be obvious to the insider.

AP - BigStory

• TECH TUSSLE: The auto show isn’t just for carmakers anymore. Waymo, Google’s self-driving car division, reiterated that it doesn’t plan to make its own cars, but wants to partner with established auto companies and others. Waymo announced the development of an in-house system of sensors and radars and showed off a self-driving minivan it has developed with Fiat Chrysler. Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says it makes sense for smaller companies to hook up with Waymo instead of developing self-driving platforms of their own. “I have no intention of recreating Silicon Valley in Michigan,” he said. But other automakers, including Nissan and Ford, insist they will go it alone, partly because they don’t want Waymo to own all the customer data that can be collected from self-driving vehicles. “We don’t believe all the change coming to the market is going to be a private garden for anybody,” said Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn.

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