Buying Lyft’s self-driving unit speeds Toyota’s software mission

“Woven Planet really needs to grow in order to be able to fulfill that mission and that mandate.”

Kuffner, the American computer guru who also sits on Toyota Motor’s board, is tasked with making the world’s biggest automaker as strong in software as it is in hardware. The goal is rooted in the new conventional wisdom that future value in the auto industry will come not necessarily from manufacturing vehicles but from selling the software and services that support them.

That business formula was the path of other industries, such as the mobile phone business, where handset makers were relegated

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Luxury vehicle builder speeds up

Local chiropractor and entrepreneur Aaron Richardet has a passion for modifying and restoring vehicles.
In 2009, he spent time at his home purchasing older vehicles, taking them apart and selling off the parts as a side business. Over the years, however, that project transformed into a full business, as Richardet later moved the work into a larger space outside his home and hired his first employee.
“We started having people that wanted to do installations on their cars. We were doing mid-’90s Land Rover Discoveries and Range Rovers, and things like that, predominantly. And then we started to work

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