Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Carmakers embrace a digital, disruptive future - The Boston Globe

Great to see GM and Ford strategically focused on the mobility business, not just the traditional car business

"These days, the world’s biggest carmakers spend the first week of January in the desert, at the giant consumer electronics trade show known as International CES. It makes sense, considering that today’s automobiles are the most sophisticated digital devices that most consumers will ever own.

And the same Internet-based technologies that have transformed computing and telecommunications are now disrupting the auto industry. The rise of ride-sharing, short-term rental services like Zipcar, cellular data links that connect vehicles to the Internet, and the impending introduction of self-driving cars have spawned a realization among automakers that soon, people may no longer need to own cars at all.

So carmakers at CES are preparing for a future in which automotive mobility is a service rather than a product, and cars — or even taxis — drive themselves."
Carmakers embrace a digital, disruptive future - The Boston Globe
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