People today have access to a variety of "smart" objects including phones, computers, television and possibly a car. Ever wonder if cars can one day drive by themselves? Google, Sony and IKEA may have an answer to that.
Upstarts like Tesla Motors are changing the traditional model of automakers. Tesla has been making waves for their revolutionary concept on changing the conventional framework of car models. Tech companies like Google and Sony are also starting to support this idea.
Is it really possible to develop a self-driving car or do these companies already got something in the works?
The world has been moving forward in a rapid pace. What seem to be completely different industries before are now merging. This is true for automobile and tech. Many tech giants are exploring their opportunities on vehicles. Apple has previously announced that they are working on a Siri version for cars.
There is word that it may be soon when people can find a self-driving Ford Taurus from IKEA.
Jacqui Deco, who serves as the chief strategy officer for Dana's Holding Corp., told Wards Auto in an interview that automakers should be prepared for competitors coming from unlikely sectors. Dana's Holding Corp. is one of the biggest suppliers of automotive parts all over the world. The venture of tech giants like Google and Sony can indicate the unlikely competition Mr Deco was talking about.
The reported pointed out on interesting and possibly mashups like IKEA, Sony and Google as mentioned.
The trend has in fact started through Google's autonomous car project. There are also rumors saying that Google is looking into Tesla Motors for a possible takeover. The strategy will offer Google access to the best and highest-tech luxury car firms in the world.
Tesla offers an excellent venue to begin introducing technologies like self-driving cars. It is also possible for Google to integrate technologies such as Google Glass and other similar wearable products. The unlikely coordination implies that automakers may need to begin partnering with other companies from different industries.
While self-driving cars may take a few more years before an actual product can be produced, there are many ideas it is inspiring. One of these is the "skateboard" chassis. These skateboards will permit automakers to incorporate drivetrain components within a flat chassis.
More competition could be brewing just right around the corner as the tech battle among companies continues to stiffen by the day. Samsung, Hyundai and similar companies can be planning something out as well.
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