Automotive Blogs



  • Unlearned Lessons from the Uber Crash Report

    by Derek Viita | Jun 25, 2018
    Late last week, local law enforcement released its report on the fatal crash involving a vehicle from Uber's Advanced Technologies Group (ATG).  The result... ...
  • Dear Toyota

    by Roger Lanctot | May 17, 2018
    Toyota Motor North America CEO James Lentz got a letter from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last week recognizing Toyota’s announced pl... ...
  • Waze: Traffic Tragedy

    by Roger Lanctot | Apr 09, 2018
    Traffic is like the weather. Everyone complains about it, but no one can seem to actually do anything about it. Just as we have a widely acknowledged problem w... ...
  • And Then There were Two - Waymo and Cruise

    by Roger Lanctot | Apr 09, 2018
    If there was a central takeaway to Nvidia's GTC event last week in San Jose it was this: autonomous vehicles are already operating or at least testing in virtu... ...
  • CA DMV: Autonomous = Connected, Driverless

    by Roger Lanctot | Apr 03, 2018
    Just as California has called the regulatory tune as far as vehicle emissions are concerned, with the impact of the California Air Resources Board's decisions ... ...
  • Nvidia: What the Doctor Ordered - for Automated Driving

    by Roger Lanctot | Mar 28, 2018
    Nvidia has an affinity for taking on computational challenges. Whether it be diagnostic tools derived from medical imaging, mapping the earth’s core... ...
  • Ford's Rise Marks NHTSA's Fall

    by Roger Lanctot | Mar 26, 2018
    In the midst of reports of escalating human carnage unfolding on U.S. (and global) highways, Ford Motor Company has opened up a new front in the battle to enha... ...
  • The Good, the Bad ... and Tesla, and Uber

    by Roger Lanctot | Mar 22, 2018
    In "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" circa 1971, Gene Wilder plays a vaguely misanthropic Willy Wonka who leads the young winners of his golden wrapper c... ...
  • Automated Driving and Potemkin Safety

    by Roger Lanctot | Mar 21, 2018
    The call to terminate the testing of autonomous driving vehicles on public roads have risen predictably in the wake of the fatal crash between an Uber automated... ...
  • Uber's Monkey in the Wrench

    by Roger Lanctot | Mar 20, 2018
    The news of a pedestrian fatality in Tempe, Ariz., resulting from the operation of an Uber autonomous vehicle has set off alarm bells throughout the AV develop... ...
  • Waymo Autonomous Ride-Hailing: Dreams Realized, but Questions Remain

    by Derek Viita | Mar 14, 2018
    Earlier this decade, representatives from Google’s self-driving research project predicted the launch of a fully autonomous ride-hailing service within a ... ...
  • Self-Driving Car Catch-22 and the Road to 5G

    by Roger Lanctot | Mar 07, 2018
    In the novel “Catch-22” from which the eponymous 1970 movie was made we learn of a fictional bureaucratic means by which the U.S. Air Force was able... ...
  • Future Networked Car 2018: What Car Will You Drive Tomorrow?

    by Roger Lanctot | Mar 06, 2018
    Today more than ever where you live may well determine what kind of car you drive. Federal governments and, lately, cities are stepping forward to determin... ...
  • MWC 2018: The Anonymous Car

    by Roger Lanctot | Mar 02, 2018
    European regulators are poised to once again shift European car makers to the back of the queue when it comes to realizing the value of connected cars. While t... ...
  • Teach Humans to Drive before Robots

    by Roger Lanctot | Feb 19, 2018
    Sometimes it seems like we have already given up on human driving. We hear the news about annual highway fatalities on the rise (in the U.S. and globally) ... ...
  • FCA Redefines Leadership

    by Roger Lanctot | Feb 16, 2018
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is the eighth largest auto maker in the world and the third largest in the U.S., but the company has been thrust to the forefront of ... ...
  • Blackberry Reboot Nears Completion

    by Roger Lanctot | Feb 15, 2018
    Jalopnik's report that car maker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) had experienced a failed software update that had thrown the infotainment systems in some MY 2... ...
  • Safety, Fuel Efficiency, Infrastructure: Fake News and a Free Lunch

    by Roger Lanctot | Feb 14, 2018
    The Trump administration released its self-described $1.5T infrastructure plan this week, which is actually a $200B plan requiring $1.3T to be paid by states o... ...
  • Tesla's Irrational Convergence

    by Roger Lanctot | Feb 13, 2018
    “There’s no reason to buy a BMW.” So said a senior BMW digital marketing executive to me last year on stage at an industry event. I... ...
  • Uber's Winter of Discontent Turns Fatal

    by Roger Lanctot | Feb 12, 2018
    A week ago, New York City livery driver Douglas Schifter committed suicide in front of City Hall in New York after posting a 1,700-word note on Facebook regard... ...