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Why Mobileye Investors Could Be The Biggest Winners In The Autonomous Auto Race

Mobileye N.V. NYSE:MBLY, Delphi Automotive plc NYSE:DLPH - Why Mobileye Investors Could Be The Biggest Winners In The Autonomous Auto Race

The race to create the world’s first fully autonomous vehicle is still in its infancy, with Ford Motor Company F 0.41%, General Motors Company GM 0.53%, Tesla Motors Inc TSLA 0.34% and even Alphabet Inc GOOG 0.14% GOOGL 0.32% in on the competition. There seems to be little question that automation is the next step in the auto industry. However, at this point, it’s too early to pick a winner.

There’s an old saying that the people who get the richest during gold rushes are the ones selling shovels. In the world of automated vehicles, vision-based driving systems technology company Mobileye NV MBLY 1.2% is the shovel salesman.

Mobileye recently announced a new partnership with Delphi Automotive PLC DLPH 0.47% to develop a fully autonomous driving system. Baird analyst David Leiker, who has Outperform ratings on both stocks, said the majority of auto manufacturers would prefer this type of “turnkey” universal solution rather than developing their own technology.

In addition to the Delphi partnership, Mobileye also recently announced a partnership with BAYER MOTOREN WERK ADR EACH REPR 0.33333 SHS BMWYY 1.58% to develop a driverless BMW model by 2021.

Delphi has also partnered with Tesla in the past, although that partnership came to an end earlier this year.

Baird isn’t the only Wall Street firm to recognize Mobileye’s unique positioning in the auto industry. CLSA called the Delphi partnership a “win-win.”

In July, Barclays raised its price target for Mobileye from $50 to $60 and maintained an Overweight rating.

JPMorgan recently said Mobileye has “emerged as a clear leader in the field of computer vision.”

Dougherty & Company also upgraded Mobileye to Buy last month.

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