Parts Supplier to Challenge VW, Ford With $14 Billion Push Into Self-Driving CarsVolkswagen AG and Ford Motor Co. are set for extra competitors within the race to position out self-driving autos as elements provider ZF Friedrichshafen AG develops its personal providing within the newest signal of how expertise shifts are upending conventional roles within the auto business. ZF plans to take a position 12 billion euros ($14 billion) over the subsequent 5 years on electrical and autonomous car expertise. The spending of about 2.four billion euros yearly outpaces the two.2 billion euros ZF spent in general analysis and improvement final 12 months.