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SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk gestures during a conversation with legendary game designer Todd Howard (not pictured) at the E3 gaming convention in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 13, 2019.

Tesla has always had a paradox at the heart of the company. But that might all be about to change.

Tesla makes great cars but it's always struggled to manufacture them according to the long-accepted best-practices of the global auto industry.
The President and CEO of Ford Motor Company Jim Hackett, poses with Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., January 14, 2019.

Here’s what makes the developing Ford-VW alliance unique: ‘coopetition’

Coopetition means that Ford and VW can save money on shared engineering while breaking ranks later when they take new vehicles and services to market.
Ford President and CEO Jim Hackett (R) and Volkswagen AG CEO Dr. Herbert Diess attend a news conference in New York City, New York, U.S., July 12, 2019.

Ford and VW have stepped up their alliance — Ford will develop an electric vehicle using VW tech by 2023

The VW Group also announced on Friday that it would invest $2.6 billion in the self-driving-car startup ArgoAI. Ford invested $1 billion in 2017.
ArgoAI CEO Bryan Salesky.

VW is investing $2.6 billion in ArgoAI following a cash infusion from Ford, valuing the self-driving-car startup at more than $7 billion

ArgoAI would remain an independent company post-deal, which would allow it to seek additional investment from other partners.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

Elon Musk said older Teslas will probably get the chip the company designed to make its cars self-driving near the end of this year

All Tesla vehicles made since around the end of 2016 are able to receive the self-driving chip, Elon Musk said.
A Waymo test vehicle.

Waymo is now allowed to carry passengers in its self-driving cars in California

Waymo is the fourth company to receive California's autonomous-vehicle pilot permit, after Zoox, AutoX Technologies, and Pony.ai.
Drive.ai had a unique approach to the self-driving car industry: Its kit could turn regular cars into autonomous vehicles.

Apple reportedly acquires self-driving car startup Drive.ai

Apple has been quietly but seriously working on its own self-driving cars, too.
Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer.

Aston Martin’s CEO reveals the biggest change coming to the automotive industry in the next 10 years

Mass-market cars will become increasingly commoditized in the next 10 years, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer said in an interview with Business Insider.

A secretive self-driving startup worth $2.5 billion just raised $600 million with help from Tesla’s biggest outside investor

Some of Aurora Innovation's top talent came from Tesla, where they were working on Autopilot and the Model X.
Uber's self-driving cars are apparently getting the brunt of some road rage.

Uber says people are bullying its self-driving cars with rude gestures and road rage

Uber's head of autonomous driving, Eric Meyhofer, told journalists that people were "testing the boundaries of what they can do to self-driving."