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Self-Driving Cars Partnerships

Confused about whom is working with whom on developing, delivering, and operating self driving cars? So was I. Thus, to catch up, I decided to map out the current key players and partnerships.

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(Yes, this is not pretty. I am not a designer and so it is not beautiful but hopefully it is still useful.)

As one can see, it is a complex ecosystem. This diagram is definitely incomplete and almost certainly will be out of date very soon. This is a very dynamic space.

A few things to note:

  • Nvidia has established partnerships or is the system of choice for a number of players, including most of the key automakers. Whatever the outcome, it seems that Nvidia will be a winner.
  • The Apollo Consortium, lead by Baidu, is an increasingly large and powerful consortium of, now, more than 130 partners collaborating on code, tools, and data.
  • There is a second consortium present, not indicated, consisting of BMW, Mobileye, Magna, Fiat, Delphi, and Continental (and perhaps others).
  • Tesla, which gets a disproportionate share of coverage, stands out as a loner, even planning to drop its partnership with Nvidia and develops its own “super kick-ass” computer system.

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Sr. Director of Data Science, WW (formerly Weight Watchers), NYC. Author of "Creating a Data-Driven Organization" (2015, O'Reilly). Web: carlanderson.ai

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