According to a report from Reuters, Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes Benz, is open to “different types” of cooperation with Apple and even Google in the future for cars of the next generation.
The CEO of the company, Dieter Zetsche, said in an interview that collaborating with software companies will help in making the next generation of cars safer, secure and smarter. However, the CEO made it clear that this comments were “purely theoretical” and that the company does not want to end up being contractors to software companies and build cars for them. The company wants to have an equal say and control in the technology used inside its cars and not just end up being a contract car maker.
“Google and Apple want to provide system software for cars and bring this entire ecosystem around Apple and Google into the vehicle,” Zetsche said. “That can be interesting for both sides.”
Apple, Google and every other major car maker is working on autonomous vehicles for the future. By collaborating with each other, these companies will be able to deliver a better experience to consumers quickly and efficiently.
Apple has reportedly been working on its own self driving car and has hired multiple specialists including high level executives from Tesla and Mercedes Benz to work on the project. Not much is known about this secret project from Apple, though a part of the team working on it has already been revealed.