announced a non-equity partnership between the two carmakers today at the Auto Show in Detroit. The partnership, unlike the Nissan and Renault deal, will not involve the two companies taking ownership stakes in each other. The American and German car makers are planning on building commercial vans and medium-sized pickup trucks within the next four years together. The two also agreed to work together on self-driving vehicle
According to Deloitte
, across the globe, people are starting to trust the safety of autonomous vehicles. Japan still registered the highest levels of skepticism. In 2017, almost 80 percent of Japanese consumers thought self-driving vehicles will not be safe. In 2018, only 57 percent of Japanese consumers thought that self-driving vehicles would be dangerous. Those drops were consistent across countries. The UK and the U.S. registered similar drops in perceived danger of self-driving vehicles.