TO THE EDITOR:
“New GM disclosure form riles dealers” (Sept. 4) was thorough and well-written, but I wonder if we might be overlooking a possible General Motors motive in issuing this directive. GM has been actively engaged in the connected and autonomous vehicle research consuming billions of dollars in research centers around the U.S. The company has a front-row seat to the technology systems and manufacturers leading the connectivity race.
As it is becoming obvious that the level of technology being developed is generally beyond the scope of traditional auto manufacturer core competencies, manufacturers are realizing that these systems will be a “purchase-in” matter. With GM’s market about to be inundated by aftermarket manufacturers at levels we haven’t seen before, is it possible this directive is a stop-gap measure by the company to get a handle on its parts and service revenue stream so it keeps some level of security amid this new parts upheaval?
STEPHEN HALL, Chief development officer, NDC Communications, Bangor, Maine. NDC Communications is a communications construction company that is ramping up the implementation of infrastructure for the connected and autonomous vehicle market.