The commercialization of energy and transportation technologies can be very expensive and risky, so given the enormous task of reducing oil dependence, partnerships established through ARPA-E projects will be very vital.
Panelists also explored how Silicon Valley will influence the automotive industry, as the tech industry brings its deep pockets and disregard for regulatory structures to bear.
While the number of vehicles ordered in the Google-Fiat Chrysler deal is relatively small and will be used for testing purposes, it is an important milestone in the normalization of self-driving cars.
Partnering with Lyft while launching the Bolt means that GM can now start building cars for the high utilization, passenger-centric demands of our autonomous future.
The United States is creating the technology to usher in a new era of autonomous, electric vehicles, but China could easily overtake us in capturing their advantages.
Low gasoline prices have pushed consumers towards SUVs and other large vehicles, but automakers aren't giving up on electric vehicles yet.
As carmakers compete in earnest to reinvent themselves as tech-automotive hybrids, a look at which companies combined style with substance at this year's Consumer Electronics Show.
Industry experts Bob Lutz and Tony Posawatz discuss new electric vehicle offerings, and which company is better positioned to lead the sector.
Electric utilities are one major entity that can gain financially from deployment of charging stations for electric vehicles and will be key in improving charging infrastructure.
The GM veteran argues that drivers have much to gain from a shared business model underpinning a new age of autonomous mobility.