Silicon Valley On Its Way To Disrupt The Auto Industry and The Historic Need For Traditional Car Companies
TMC PRESEDENT AKIO TOYODA'S TAKE November 28, 2017; "Over the next 100 years, there is no guarantee that automobile manufacturers will continue to play leading roles in mobility. A crucial battle has begun―not one about winning or losing, but one about surviving or dying.
EDITOR'S NOTE #1 - February 11, 2017: I have just returned from the Chicago Auto Show, where the President of GM and Head designer for FCA spent most of their presentation time talking about this autonomous crap...and now the Ford 1 billion dollar investment in AI...don't the car company executives realize they are setting themselves up to be eaten like this Romeo of a praying mantis...buh bye auto industry buh bye...if you can't beat them buy them.
EDITOR'S NOTE #2 - January 9, 2017: I'm here in Detroit at the Wake for the historic auto industry which is taking place at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, forget about love of cars, forget about a relationship with your car, forget about driving and the freedom it allows, because folks in the new world run by digital geeks personal cars will be replaced by "Transportation Appliances" (copyright, 2017 The Auto Channel)...more later.
Originally Published January 8, 2016
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By Bob Gordon
President and Co-publisher
The Auto Channel
Two weeks ago, November 27, 2015, The Auto Channel published a position paper “Autonomous Driving May Kill The Automobile Industry” in which we opined that there is a momentum building that will change cars and driving forever, in fact we believe that with a ubiquitous mandating (which short sighted politicos love) of autonomous vehicles, the auto industry will dry up and go the way of the horse and carriage...
We believe the Silicon Valley promoted appliance-izing of the car will eliminate any need for differentiation in performance, driving capabilities thus eliminating any need for multiple vehicle manufacturers and worst of all, the inevitable development of a “Central Road Control Network” will enable a system that can be easily co-opted to eliminate our collective freedom of mobility.
Our belief is, just as know-nothing digital geeks made billion of dollars by disrupting the advertising business, for the we say worst, so will they disrupt the car business and profit from the one size fits all vehicle thus eliminating the desire to Love Your Vehicle, and the need to manufacture option filled and designed unique automobiles.
For the past two weeks The Auto Channel stood alone in our belief that modern digital driving gadgets on vehicles are actually helping to solve some safe driving issues, but taken to its promoted end will encourage shallow thinkers to support a harmful and self serving fully digitally driven automotive world.
Below are links to stories (more to come) from others who like The
Auto Channel believe as we do that the implementation of helpful driving
safety options is not an invitation to change the way we feel about our
vehicles and not an invitation to profit from our lack of mobility
options. Let me know what you think, firstname.lastname@example.org