DETROIT — The auto industry winnowed from hundreds of companies from its beginnings a century ago to the Detroit 3 in the U.S.
There once were a dozen or so popular search engines. The number dwindled to, charitably, two.
Chris Urmson, one of the founding members of Google's self-driving car project more than a decade ago, and now the CEO of Aurora Innovation, sees the self-driving industry unfolding in similar fashion.
"I've been saying for six to seven years that we're going to see consolidation," he said Monday. "It doesn't mean that it's not an interesting space. It just means some people had the combination of capabilities, capital and technology, then made the partnerships to go and succeed."
Urmson spoke during the Automotive News Congress Monday in Detroit.