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Honda embraces open innovation to avoid complacency trap: CEO

Automaker looks outside its wheelhouse as tech changes cars

Honda CEO and President Takahiro Hachigo says keeping up with changing technology is more valuable than self-sufficiency to his company.

TOKYO -- The proudly self-sufficient Honda Motor is now reaching out to partners in artificial intelligence and autonomous driving to keep up as new technology alters the nature of cars.

The Japanese automaker sells about half as many autos as the likes of Volkswagen and Toyota Motor -- a scale that presents challenges for raising competitiveness, President and CEO Takahiro Hachigo acknowledged in an interview with The Nikkei.

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