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Self-Driving Cars Rip Up an Industry's Supply Chain

  • Automotive supplier takeovers rise to $74.4 billion since 2015
  • Need for autonomous, connected capabilities drives dealmaking
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Self-Driving Revolution Spurs Auto M&A

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The auto industry’s self-driving revolution has spurred the biggest two years of car-supplier takeovers in a decade, with more coming as parts makers struggle to keep up with the pace of technological transformation.

The total value of automotive-supplier deals in 2015 and 2016 was $74.4 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg, with each of those years far exceeding the $17.7 billion annual average in the previous 10 years. The number of transactions valued at $500 million or more also skyrocketed to 18 last year, triple the level of the previous decade. There have been 11 such deals so far this year.