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  • HERE Brings the Network Effect

    by Roger Lanctot | Feb 15, 2017
    On the eve of the annual Mobile World Congress gathering in Barcelona the U.S. automotive industry is facing a crisis and a critical turning point. Low gas... ...
  • Uber Nicht Über Alles

    by Roger Lanctot | Feb 08, 2017
    Lost in the swirl of negative publicity around Uber offering rides during last week’s taxi strike in New York City (held in protest of the Trump Administr... ...
  • The Nannification of Tesla

    by Roger Lanctot | Jan 27, 2017
    I can't tell you how many times I have sat down with executives of large companies and startups who have tried to get me excited about geo-fencing. Geo-fencing ... ...
  • Kymeta: At the Intersection of Wealth and Danger

    by Roger Lanctot | Jan 25, 2017
    That's how Kymeta's senior vice president for land mobile puts it. Kymeta's new satellite technology meets the needs of the civilian armored vehicle segment and... ...
  • Fed Panel Asks Today: Why Waymo?

    by Roger Lanctot | Jan 16, 2017
    The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is holding the first meeting today of a new advisory committee focused, in its own words: "on automation across a... ...
  • CES 2017: Will Lawsuit(s) Stall Automotive AI?

    by Roger Lanctot | Jan 02, 2017
    The roster of automotive artificial intelligence (AI) initiatives is growing rapidly with Softbank working with Honda on the Emotion Engine for the Neuv self-d... ...
  • Vox Clamantis in Deserto

    by Roger Lanctot | Jan 02, 2017
    If you are headed to Las Vegas for your New Year's celebration, the annual Consumer Electronics Show or just a good time, beware! According to some estimates N... ...
  • Uber: We Don't Know What We Don't Know

    by Roger Lanctot | Dec 19, 2016
    Two pictures (above) tell a story. In one eight-year-old picture a Toyota Prius without a driver delivers a pizza in San Francisco. In a separate picture, a pe... ...
  • V2V: Loose Talk about Talking Cars

    by Roger Lanctot | Dec 19, 2016
    The U.S. Department of Transportation issued a proposed rule this week which may ultimately require the installation of a communications box in every car manufa... ...
  • Mindboggling Uber Hubris

    by Roger Lanctot | Dec 16, 2016
    Uber was on a mighty roll throughout 2016 picking up strategic alliances with Ford Motor Company and Volvo Cars (for test vehicles) adding talent (cybersecurit... ...
  • Michigan Allows SDCs; Still Bars Tesla

    by Roger Lanctot | Dec 14, 2016
    The U.S. principality of Michigan lowered its trade barriers to Silicon Valley-inspired self-driving cars with legislation allowing autonomous vehicles to be t... ...
  • #CES2017: Aftermarket to the Rescue

    by Roger Lanctot | Dec 12, 2016
    Has it really been 50 years? Listening to a George Hotz Udacity podcast got me to thinking that the upcoming CES 2017 in Las Vegas will be a turning point in a... ...
  • A To-Do List for the Incoming U.S. Transportation Secretary

    by Roger Lanctot | Dec 07, 2016
    Speculation is already swirling around the newly-named U.S. Transportation Secretary to be, Elaine Chow. Chow previously served as Deputy Secretary of Tra... ...
  • It's TomTom Time ... Again

    by Roger Lanctot | Dec 05, 2016
    It's December and time for the annual Apple-should-buy-TomTom rant. Of course, we know Apple prefers younger, smaller companies with brighter and clearer long-... ...
  • Car Connectivity Lost

    by Roger Lanctot | Nov 30, 2016
    The frustration in the room was palpable yesterday at the annual Vehicle Connectivity Workshop gathering of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). ... ...
  • Foggy 5G Forecast Comes into Focus

    by Roger Lanctot | Nov 23, 2016
    My colleague and automotive safety system guru at Strategy Analytics, Ian Riches, is fond of citing Amara's Law. Named for Roy Amara (1925-2007), research, sci... ...
  • Automobility: The End of Infotainment

    by Roger Lanctot | Nov 17, 2016
    Padmasree Warrior, CEO and chief development officer of NextEV USA, kicked off day two of Automobility at the Los Angeles Auto Show with a powerful perspective... ...
  • Automobility: The Bot in a Box Boom

    by Roger Lanctot | Nov 15, 2016
    The Automobility event, which starts today ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show, will be remembered for introducing the bot in a box. While Ford Motor Compa... ...
  • BMW: From DriveOwn to DriveNow

    by Roger Lanctot | Nov 13, 2016
    Every conference has a presentation that seizes the moment in a series of slides that slices to the heart of whatever industry transformation is afoot. Su... ...
  • Ford Seeks Own Path to Car Sharing, IoT

    by Roger Lanctot | Nov 09, 2016
    It’s hard to be a thought leader around the future of transportation when the entire market seems to be moving in one of three directions simultaneously:... ...