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Autonomous Cars - We're in an 'arms race' for smart people: Bill Ford

March 14, 2017View for printing

"The Dodge brothers were suing Henry Ford, and generally there was a lot of turf warfare in terms of who owned what and who had access to what," said Ford. "It's the same thing playing out now. There are a lot of smart people and a lot of sharp elbows."

The frenetic race to develop autonomous vehicles features a lot of bold claims, management wooing and screaming headlines.

Sleep while your car drives! Come work for us and change the world! Technology secrets stolen!

Sounds like déjà vu to Bill Ford, chairman of Ford Motor and great-grandson of Henry Ford.

"It's all emblematic of the early days in an industry," Ford told USA TODAY shortly after addressing a SXSW Interactive audience Monday.

Marco della Cava , USA TODAY

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