Lucas Mearian:

Ford, the company that started the automobile assembly line and was arguably most responsible for Detroit’s car industry, chose Palo Alto, Calif., this year for its latest automotive research and development facility.
 General Motors opened its Advanced Technology Silicon Valley Office in Palo Alto to develop an HTML browser for its Cadillac CUE in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system.
 Since 2011, BMW, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan-Renault and Toyota have all opened R&D centers in Silicon Valley.
 Nissan is focused on developing autonomous vehicles at its Silicon Valley facility, while Honda’s operations there are working on human-machine interface technology, big data, connected vehicles and cybersecurity.