Detroit News Columnist Daniel Howes and Michigan Radio are partnering in weekly essays examining what's hot in Michigan business and politics -- and what it all means. This week, Howes says the two hottest commodities at the North American International Auto Show weren’t so much new cars and trucks. They’re the autonomous car project from Google’s Waymo and President-elect Donald Trump’s tariff-laden tweeting – both of which pose unique challenges to the global auto industry’s status quo and its leadership.

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