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GM and Ford lean on Lyft and Pivotal for help in developing self-driving cars

GM and Ford lean on Lyft and Pivotal for help in developing self-driving cars

Two miles apart in Palo Alto, workers from Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. are hustling to establish a role for their companies in a future where consumers don't own cars and the vehicles steer themselves.

On Thursday, it became ever more clear that the Michigan automakers and their West Coast outposts won't be going at it alone. They'll be depending big time on software-developing neighbors in Silicon Valley and San Francisco.

Ford announced an $182.2-million investment in Pivotal Software Inc., a San Francisco company whose programs are already used by the likes of Lockheed Martin and Allstate Corp., to quickly develop their own computer...

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