After years of scratching at the windows, the king of computer chips burst into the high-value automotive supply chain with the nearly $15 billion acquisition of Israel's Mobileye, a leader in the sensor, camera and mapping technology that makes self-driving vehicles possible. The two companies are at the hub of an alliance that's working on a common autonomous-vehicle platform for global deployment, along with BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Delphi and Continental.
The subscription era
It took services such as Uber and Zipcar to challenge the notion of personal car ownership, and other startups to experiment with the idea of charging a monthly fee for access to a car, either through flexible lease arrangements or subscription models. Now automakers are leaping into the market, with services such as Book by Cadillac, Ford's Canvas, Porsche's Passport, Hyundai's Ioniq Unlimited+, Volvo's Care by Volvo, Polestar offerings and a new Lincoln service. How long will the era be? TBD.