Volkswagen has committed to spending tens of billions of dollars as part of a dramatic shift to electric and autonomous vehicles.
One morning last year, millions of Americans got into their cars to go to work and discovered they now had the ability to order breakfast and coffee while they drove. Overnight, General Motors had downloaded a new application called Marketplace that operated in their cars' center touchscreens.
Immediately to my right, there was a steep mountainside, a veritable wall of brown grass, bushes and trees. On my left was a long steep drop toward a valley far below. In between, was a narrow path covered in jumbled rocks and me in the driver's seat of a nicely optioned Rolls-Royce with a total price of about $400,000.
Car companies are betting on bikes and scooters to protect themselves from disruption.