AD #1691 – VW Gives Up Suzuki Stake, GM Stock Value Drops, Emerging Markets Like Autonomy

August 31st, 2015 at 11:57am

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- VW Ordered to Give Up Stake in Suzuki
- GM’s Shareholder Value Drops
- Emerging Markets Like Idea of Autonomy
- Ford Takes Smart Mobility Plan on Tour
- BMW Adds i-Vehicles to Driving Academy
- Ford Making Sure New GT Gets to Private Owners

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13 Comments to “AD #1691 – VW Gives Up Suzuki Stake, GM Stock Value Drops, Emerging Markets Like Autonomy”

  1. marshy Says:

    One thing I wish OEMs would get right in all this ‘fancy’ tech is bluetooth connectivity. I travel and rent lots of cars. After initially pairing, the lag between starting a car and having it actually recognize the phone on many cars (notable Ford, GM) is painfully long. I found the Camry from about 3 years ago was excellent but the new systems take so long to boot and then initialize i/o that I’m waiting before driving off to get the phone playing.

    Autonomous is great and all, but let’s get the basics done right first.

    (I sound like such a Luddite…)

  2. Rob Says:

    So does Ford establish a final price of the GT or are the dealers able to tack on a service/handling fee since they won’t be able to mark them up to the highest bidder? I’m sure if the price is already established Dealers could care a lot less about being a certified dealer.

  3. Buzzerd Says:

    hidden benefit of autonomous cars- hopefully all those non drivers will be plodding along in the right lane leaving the left for those that are still interested. We can’t seem to train drivers in North America but we can program computers.

  4. MJB Says:

    I think the biggest reason people in developing/emerging markets are much more open to autonomous cars than we are in America is because they simply don’t have (and may never have) a love and passion for driving.

    For the vast majority of folk in those markets the automobile is nothing more than a means to get to work and the grocery store. They likely don’t see themselves taking long, leisurely drives along the coast or through the mountains, etc.

    For them, it’s just a tool. So for that kind of driver, autonomy is welcomed with open arms. And that reasoning is not unique to emerging markets. You’ll find that many folk here in the U.S. who are chomping at the bit for full autonomy are the ones who find no real pleasure in driving.

  5. MJB Says:

    4. cont.

    You know, that raises another question about autonomous cars…

    What if you don’t have a destination? What if you just want your car to take you on a scenic drive. One that may change while you’re in the middle of it.

    I’m sure these questions have already been thoroughly addressed by the autonomy-heads, but just wonderin’…

  6. HtG Says:

    I’d vote for a rental car that can drive me up route 1 in California. When I drove it before, it killed me having to look at the road rather than the scenery. You’ve got an idea there MJB.

  7. G.A.Branigan Says:

    I guess I’m a luddite,and happy being so.I still like to drive,although I can’t do a manual trans anymore,ain’t no thing though.Btw,I should finally take delivery of my new van sometime this week.It’s been sitting up in Portland for over a week and is finally on the transporter.

  8. HtG Says:

    Is anyone else wondering if the whole enthusiast thing is winding up? Regulation, Nannies, grimegrey dealer orders, leased premium cars, Jalopnik and DeMuro. I’m feeling a little silly.

  9. HtG Says:

    The next generation of nerds will be about autonomy, I guess.

  10. G.A.Branigan Says:

    The future of autonomous vehicles: I see in my crystal ball that with all the overcrowding in the citys,and one bedroom apartments going for 6 k a month,the up and coming young executroid will have a compact autonomous rv that will drive him to work on hour early,sound the alarm for him,(or her) to get to,shower,eat breakfast,then go into the office.When finished with work,back into the rv and automatically drive one back to the rv park all while watching the news and having a drink.

  11. Rob Says:

    Will full autonomy no need for guardrails, rumble strips, barricades, red light cameras, traffic cops.
    I wonder what will happen to speed limits, DUI laws, seatbelt laws, Auto insurance, the little town with one cop that no longer generates any traffic infraction revenue. No need for traffic court or that judge.

  12. MJB Says:


    “Minority Report” & “i-Robot”

  13. Rob Says:

    MJB yes! and remember the reaction in i-Robot when Will Smith took over the driving of his autonomus car? She thought her was crazy.
    I did like those Audi’s tho.