December 2015

Google and General Motors to join forces to build autonomous cars?

As you all know, autonomous vehicles are already on the road. For example, check out the Tesla Model S's autopilot. Automakers are on their way to making the ‘auto' in automobile precise; meaning, that the car will be able to drive itself, by itself, without any involvement from the individual behind the steering wheel!

Earlier this year, I mentioned that Apple has long been rumored to be developing its own car. Google, meanwhile, is way ahead; its autonomous vehicles are gathering a lot of miles and gaining a lot of know-how in the development.

Despite having a $495 billion market capitalization (which is more than triple the extent of GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler combined) and having invested seriously in autonomous driving, Google, the giant enterprise, does not want to become an automaker but would rather join forces with  existing ones. Could this mate be General Motors?

This goes far beyond Android auto integration in multimedia systems. GM is proud of its own cruise autonomous driving system that will debut on the Cadillac CT6. Joining forces with Google, nevertheless, would allow it to tap into an exceptionally valued foundation, quicken product development and decrease costs at the same time. Since every automaker is determined to get this feature complete as soon as possible, getting their hands on Google's high-tech might give GM brands a head start in the race of self-driving cars.

Will Silicon Valley and Detroit join forces to build autonomous cars? This is a courageous, innovative world after everything said, right?

In this final issue for 2015, we bring you our first ArabWheels Awards ceremony held at the H Hotel, 40Kong venue in Dubai. More than 20 awards were given to executives in the auto industry, and this is the start of many editions to come.

We covered the biggest and most renowned  auto show in the Middle East region: the Dubai International Motor Show 2015 (held at the Dubai World Trade Center from November 10-14). Many world premieres and lots of regional debuts worth checking out!

Our cover story for December has been dedicated to the Cadillac ATS-V (sedan and coupe). In Dubai, our team tested both the Land Rover Discovery Sport and the Infiniti Q70 S. In Beirut, I tested the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited V8.

On a recent trip we had to the west coast of the US, we tested both the Lexus LS 600h and GS 450h around the fashionable streets of Hollywood's capital - Los Angeles, California.

We interviewed many executives during the Dubai Motor Show and give you the latest insights in the automotive industry around the Middle East.

For those of you who celebrate Christmas, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2016! Until we meet next year, stay warm and enjoy the festive season and all of its surprises…

- Issam Eid, Editor-in-Chief

Cover Story: 2016 Cadillac ATS-V

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