With Waymo poised to formally kick off its commercial robo-taxi service in suburban Phoenix, the Alphabet Inc. unit (long known as the Google Self-Driving Car Project) has won approval from California to begin the first tests of autonomous vehicles on state roads without human safety drivers at the wheel as a backup.
When two days is too long, on-demand networks step in to deliver orders in hours or even minutes. This is hot enough that four-year old startups are having to share the space with the likes of Target, WalMart, Home Depot and even Amazon. Ultimately, delighting customers is driving it all.
In this age of shifting consumer tastes, uncertain trade tariff constructs and increasing vehicle assembly plant and platform scale levels, I wonder if the time might be right to establish contract assembly operations in the United States.