Magna International executives did not intend to join one of the largest self-driving car consortia in the industry. Executives made the call to join quickly, after stumbling upon the opportunity during a meeting with BMW, one of Magna's customers.
"I don't know if negotiation is the right word," said Swamy Kotagiri, Magna's chief technology officer. "This came about, and we felt it an appropriate platform."
Magna's quick decision to participate is emblematic of an industry racing toward an autonomous future. Carmakers under increasing pressure to bring self-driving technology to market are learning to work outside the traditional supply chain by striking new and vaguely defined partnerships.