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Ford President and CEO Jim Hackett (R) and Volkswagen AG CEO Dr. Herbert Diess attend a news conference in New York City, New York, U.S., July 12, 2019.

Here are the executives running the biggest and most important self-driving-car companies

Over the past few years, Alphabet's Waymo, GM's Cruise, Argo AI, Intel's Mobileye, and Tesla have pushed forward in the autonomous-mobility business.
The President and CEO of Ford Motor Company Jim Hackett, poses with Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., January 14, 2019.

Here’s what makes the developing Ford-VW alliance unique: ‘coopetition’

Coopetition means that Ford and VW can save money on shared engineering while breaking ranks later when they take new vehicles and services to market.
Ford President and CEO Jim Hackett (R) and Volkswagen AG CEO Dr. Herbert Diess attend a news conference in New York City, New York, U.S., July 12, 2019.

Ford and VW have stepped up their alliance — Ford will develop an electric vehicle using VW tech by 2023

The VW Group also announced on Friday that it would invest $2.6 billion in the self-driving-car startup ArgoAI. Ford invested $1 billion in 2017.
ArgoAI CEO Bryan Salesky.

VW is investing $2.6 billion in ArgoAI following a cash infusion from Ford, valuing the self-driving-car startup at more than $7 billion

ArgoAI would remain an independent company post-deal, which would allow it to seek additional investment from other partners.

GM’s self-driving business Cruise is now worth $19 billion after a new $1.15-billion funding round

The new round is $1.15 billion, and it comes from a group of institutional investors, GM, Japan's SoftBank Vision Fund, and Honda.
A self-driving Ford vehicle.

Ford just revealed the city where it plans to build its self-driving car program

Ford has chosen Miami as its development hub for future self-driving vehicle fleets

Automakers are making big investments in a key piece of self-driving-car technology that Tesla is avoiding

Major automakers are increasingly betting on Lidar, while Tesla is sticking with its own tech.