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Tesla makes great cars but it's always struggled to manufacture them according to the long-accepted best-practices of the global auto industry.
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 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.
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.
Elon Musk said older Teslas will probably get the chip the company designed to make its cars self-driving near the end of this year
All Tesla vehicles made since around the end of 2016 are able to receive the self-driving chip, Elon Musk said.
Waymo is the fourth company to receive California's autonomous-vehicle pilot permit, after Zoox, AutoX Technologies, and Pony.ai.
Apple has been quietly but seriously working on its own self-driving cars, too.
Aston Martin’s CEO reveals the biggest change coming to the automotive industry in the next 10 years
Mass-market cars will become increasingly commoditized in the next 10 years, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer said in an interview with Business Insider.
A secretive self-driving startup worth $2.5 billion just raised $600 million with help from Tesla’s biggest outside investor
Some of Aurora Innovation's top talent came from Tesla, where they were working on Autopilot and the Model X.
Uber's head of autonomous driving, Eric Meyhofer, told journalists that people were "testing the boundaries of what they can do to self-driving."