I thought these comments were interesting, all from Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault-Nissan in the last 3-4 weeks.
Carlos Ghosn, chief executive of Renault-Nissan, has suggested that the US targeted Volkswagen to shield its automotive industry from superior European diesel vehicles. In a leaked letter to EU trade ministers, Ghosn called on European governments not to impose austere measures that could hurt the European diesel sector in the wake of the VW emissions-rigging scandal.
According to Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, autonomous driving might come in stages as more functions become automated and different jurisdictions allow them. He cautioned, however, that someone will always be behind the wheel able to take over.
He also argued that tech companies would be an integral part of the car industry in the future. "We cannot develop this technology on our own."
Carlos Ghosn has been warning tech companies seeking to enter the auto industry that it's not as easy as they think. Ghosn stated that autonomous vehicles are something that needs to be part of the car's engineering at inception, not a technology that can simply be added on to an existing car. Ghosn cited the hiring of talent from traditional automakers by Silicon Valley companies to prove his point.