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  • Der Bundestag Lays an Egg

    by Roger Lanctot | Apr 14, 2017
    Normally if you are trying to solve a knotty problem in the automotive industry the best place to look for help with challenges philosophical or physical is Ge... ...
  • Valuation Consternation in Detroit

    by Roger Lanctot | Apr 14, 2017
    These are trying times for car companies. Auto execs are left to watch speechless as the valuations of marginally profitable or completely unprofitable or... ...
  • Onerous Car Ownership?

    by Roger Lanctot | Apr 06, 2017
    As the automotive industry faces and embraces its future in car sharing and a broad range of other ad hoc car usage scenarios and, ultimately, autonomous drivin... ...
  • Lessons Learned on Two Lanes in Texas

    by Roger Lanctot | Apr 06, 2017
    Some of the most terrifying highways in the world are sinuous and hilly rural two-lane roads with relatively high speed limits. Such were the circumstances in r... ...
  • The Fate of Autonomous

    by Roger Lanctot | Mar 28, 2017
    In two weeks the latest installment in the "Fast and Furious" franchise will debut bringing the concept of remote control of cars into the mainstream. Suffice ... ...
  • Tesla's Cat in the Bag

    by Roger Lanctot | Mar 17, 2017
    Some day soon, maybe this year or next, Tesla Motors is going to let the cat out of the bag that its cars are not only connected but are also subject to remote... ...
  • Mobileye's Revenge

    by Roger Lanctot | Mar 14, 2017
    Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has famously dismissed hydrogen fuel ("fool") cells and LiDAR and even parted company with Mobileye over automated driving strategy. ... ...
  • Cellular V2X Communications Unlock Automotive Autonomy with Path to 5G

    by Roger Lanctot | Feb 27, 2017
    Qualcomm is a key common thread throughout industry momentum In the emerging world of smarter and more automated cars, communication technology is playing a pro... ...
  • 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... ...