Google has also started a mobile phone project (Tango) which aims to use a high end Android mobile phone to create 3D maps of the environment in real time. Auto manufacturers take in raw commodity materials as well as complete parts and produce a finished vehicle.
Perception is the core problem which determines the success of a self-driving car. If the Coalition had agreed to an increase in funding to the car industry, it would merely have delayed the shutdown announcements, rather than come to their rescue. So effectively you might be paying the price of a year 2004 car when in reality it is a year 2003 car.
The electric car components are used by auto manufacturers as well as by a smattering of consumer enthusiasts who are converting their existing vehicles to run on electricity. If you have the car for over 3 years and you have not reached the 36,000 mile limit it will not cover the car.
Purchasing a certified vehicle guarantees that you will have a used car that is quality. But the strategy fails to consider the tectonic shift which may be caused by autonomous vehicles and the way that self-driving car technology will affect the key aspects of the auto business.