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Your self-driving car won't be built by Uber or Google
Only a year ago, it seemed that Google or Uber could be morphing into full-service car companies, and we were all waiting for a primer on the Apple car. But that's old news.If 2016 has shown us anything about the emerging tech-car industry, it's that carmakers and tech companies have a codependent relationship. A heated competition is underway to make autonomous cars and streets safe enough that consumers will use them. What's shifted over the past year is that it looks like tech companies won't do it alone, but they are certainly key players in moving the industry forward. Today, Uber was the latest to strike in the self-driving car wars. The ride-sharing company has announced its efforts to roll out rides to passengers in self-driving Volvo XC90s on the streets of San Francisco after doing so in Pittsburgh this fall, an industry first in the US. Yesterday, Google unveiled its separate self-driving car company Waymo. The new Waymo CEO John Krafcik said the company would not be in the business of building cars. Waymo, instead, may be the newest contender to tackle autonomous ride-sharing. Waymo is currently making Chrysler Pacificas into self-driving cars as part of a partnership with FCA. At one point, it seemed that the Google's prototype car would be sold to consumers, but this move indicates that the tech company is shying away from manufacturing. Apple is also scaling back its self-driving car program. Tesla only becomes a contender if it can scale production to manufacture orders for the Model 3, and the other electric car company startups have yet to deliver on a strategy to produce cars in volume. To make self-driving cars a reality, a company has to have a product to do so, and the complex process of manufacturing is the real deterrent to tech companies.
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