As self-driving vehicles move steadily toward real-life commercial-grade busines, the companies rending away the steering wheel are dealing with questions far more complex than telling a highway signaling from a stopped firetruck. Difficulties like how to keep making money in a nature where people are losing those who are interested in owning, hiring, and even driving autoes. And they’re making moves that indicate they’ve got answers, or at the least guesses. This week, General Motors announced it’s taking a $2.35 billion asset from the Softbank Vision Fund, to help its self-driving venture get at grocery in 2019. Alex talked to the man trying to steer Avis into the future, and we looked at the concepts of automotive subscriptions.
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