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Autoparts suppliers duke it out in electric, self-driving tech

Bosch, Denso buzzing with team-ups and investments

Germany's three largest autoparts suppliers are all competing in autonomous-vehicle technology.

WOLFSBURG, Germany -- Four of the world's largest car parts manufacturers are battling for leadership in technology for electric and self-driving vehicles through a flurry of new partnerships and acquisitions.

Robert Bosch, the world's largest supplier, already mass-produces parts for electric vehicles. The German company's tech has found its way into 30 electric and hybrid models. Bosch also began development in 2016 on 11 new projects in China. It is developing technology affordable to people in the world's largest electric-vehicle market, said chief executive Volkmar Denner in an annual news conference Thursday.

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