Are city-automaker partnerships vital for connected car tests?

The relationship would seem to have mutual benefits, but much of that testing could be carried out elsewhere. By Freddie Holmes

Automakers are working with a wide—and growing—array of third parties from the private and public sectors. It comes as connected vehicles begin to have wider implications for their surrounding environments, perhaps communicating with other road users and roadside infrastructure.

Special report: How are cities preparing for connected cars?

Just as automakers are working with utility companies to advance electric vehicle (EV) recharging infrastructure, some are also forming close-knit partnerships with city authorities to ensure the current and next generation of connected cars provide the benefits they promise.

Automakers have been working with cities in this manner for more than a decade. For…