E-Class at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. Image Credit: Naias.com This post originally published on VentureBeat, based on my recent trip to the Detroit Auto Show. Google and Tesla may be pushing full-speed ahead in their self-driving car development and testing, but auto manufacturers aren’t sitting idly by. Judging from the outputs of this week’s North American Auto Show in Detroit, as well as CES in Las Vegas last week, it’s clear that incumbent car companies are rising to the challenges of competing in an autonomous world. Silicon Valley startups and tech giants are launching many threats to the traditional auto industry as part of the Collaborative Economy movement, from ride.

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Uber, RelayRides, and Getaround, to more recent innovations of autonomous cars that will further enable ride access over car ownership from Google, Uber, and others. This is forcing brands like GM, Ford, BMW, and Mercedes to Philippines Telegram Number Data reconsider their product offerings to focus more on becoming “mobility companies” that offer an array of services that satisfy the needs of their evolving customers. These pivots are evident in a host of recent announcements of partnerships, investments, and new programs: GM partners with Lyft on future autonomous car fleet, investing $500 million. Ford announces new car-sharing program that allows six people to lease one vehicle.

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“Go Ride,” a shared shuttle service that you summon with your mobile device, similar to UberPool and Lyft Line. BMW announces that it has sold 30,000 electric i3s, which also use the shared charging stations and are Czech Republic Telegram Number List available in its “Drive Now” car-sharing programs. Mercedes-Benz uses “Drive Pilot” technologies in its 2017 E-Class to enable the car to follow other vehicles up to 130 mph, braking, accelerating, and steering without driver input needed. I had the privilege of attending the North American Auto Show this week in Detroit, as a guest of Ford, and it was obvious by the announcements and unveilings that car companies want to evolve into new markets.

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