Uber, Tesla and Waymo (Google) are leapfrogging traditional car makers like Ford, VW and General Motors when it comes to self-driving cars.
Companies are flush with cash and profits and soon will have even more once the tax cut takes effect. So they can afford to be good again.
The takeover of GM's European brands has historic parallels – and implications for both Europe and the US.
The French group might well manage to turn around General Motors' struggling division, but plants will close, and the UK looks vulnerable.
Uber's 'retreat' from China has led to soul-searching about whether the country is worth it. Don't tell that to Coca-Cola and GM, however, which have found great success in the People's Republic.
Few would remember this fantasy car as a model of motoring excellence. It owes its success instead to a fantasy film that has turned 30.