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  • Security Storm May Bring Port Closure

    by Roger Lanctot | Aug 27, 2015
    A growing population of automakers is quietly calling for the shutdown of the on-board diagnostic (OBDII) port in passenger vehicles. Car makers would prefer t... ...
  • MDOT's Not So Smart Highway

    by Roger Lanctot | Aug 26, 2015
    If you are looking to see your tax dollars being frittered away in some place other than the Middle East you need look no further than Interstate 96 and 696 ou... ...
  • Overcoming the Curse of Connectivity

    by Roger Lanctot | Aug 26, 2015
    How do you fill an executive position no one wants? One of my sons, an IT professional, recently told me about his boss leaving. I asked if he was a candidate ... ...
  • U.S. Car Insurers Have Blood on Their Hands

    by Roger Lanctot | Aug 17, 2015
    Okay. Okay. Maybe that is a mild bit of overstatement. But in my mind it is true. When you can’t get a decent discount from your car insurance company fo... ...
  • Security through Connectivity

    by Roger Lanctot | Aug 12, 2015
    According to Wikipedia, the debut album of the Jimi Hendrix Experience – “Are You Experienced” – is widely recognized as one of the gre... ...
  • CEOs in IoT Spectrum Smackdown

    by Roger Lanctot | Aug 05, 2015
    The two executives were very polite when they met to testify before the Congressional Internet of Things Caucus last week.  But beneath the veneer of pleas... ...
  • Sprint IoT Credibility on the Line in Fiat Chrysler Hack

    by Roger Lanctot | Jul 27, 2015
    If you are going to connect things to other things the first thing you need to get right is security. It’s a little like building the mote before you let ... ...
  • More Drivers, More Cars, More Deaths

    by Roger Lanctot | Jul 11, 2015
    A growing coterie of auto industry experts is forecasting an autopocalypse* of declining vehicle sales as driverless cars increase the usage rate of the existin... ...
  • Flo & Liberty: Who's Really on Your Side?

    by Roger Lanctot | Jul 08, 2015
    Around the world, automotive insurance advertising is ubiquitous, sometimes amusing, sometimes annoying, sometimes misleading, sometimes enlightening. There&rs... ...
  • Carzapp, Santander Will Change Auto Lending

    by Roger Lanctot | Jul 07, 2015
    As a reader of “Non-Prime Times,” the bi-monthly publication of the National Automotive Finance Association, I can honestly say that this is an ind... ...
  • The Rise of Radio

    by Roger Lanctot | Jun 17, 2015
    As I read “Losing the Signal: The Untold Story of the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of BlackBerry” by Jacque McNish a core theme emerges e... ...
  • Is Your Car a Smartphone on Wheels?

    by Roger Lanctot | Jun 11, 2015
    AT&T’s most recent quarterly financials packed a startling revelation. AT&T is now activating more new connected cars than net new postpaid wirel... ...
  • Lessons from the Nash Crash

    by Roger Lanctot | Jun 06, 2015
    The death of mathematician Dr. John Nash Jr. (of “A Beautiful Mind” fame) and his wife Alicia in a crash on the New Jersey Turnpike last week highli... ...
  • GM Could be First in the Dash-board with Android

    by Roger Lanctot | May 27, 2015
    Who doesn’t want to be first? Everybody wants to be first. We all know that whoever is second is the first loser. So it will be a surprise to no one if ... ...
  • Uber as the Un-Google

    by Roger Lanctot | Apr 15, 2015
    This blog was originally posted on LinkedIn.  Subsequent to its publication Nokia released the following statement regarding a potential sale of HERE: &ldq... ...
  • Nokia and the Sentient Network

    by Roger Lanctot | Apr 12, 2015
    The news broke late this week that Nokia is considering options to sell its HERE map division. Valuations run into the $4B-$5B range, depending on which analyst... ...
  • Ford Cloud Clarifies Connectivity

    by Roger Lanctot | Mar 19, 2015
    Ford Motor Company is changing the car connectivity story with the launch of its Ford Service Delivery Network - in essence the Ford Cloud. The amazing thing ab... ...
  • Apple Won't Make a Car (Toyota Already Does)

    by Roger Lanctot | Feb 28, 2015
    Thanks to the Telegraph we now know that Apple’s Tim Cook gets up at 3:45 in the morning. That may explain why Cook thinks the Apple Smartwatch will repla... ...
  • Can OnStar Solve the Car Connectivity Crisis?*

    by Roger Lanctot | Feb 10, 2015
    General Motors’ OnStar vehicle connectivity solution was once shared under license with Audi, Acura, Isuzu, Subaru, Lexus and Volkswagen – an offer ... ...
  • German Auto Makers Out of Touch

    by Roger Lanctot | Jan 26, 2015
    Over the years I have been frequently asked at automotive events why car makers don’t all agree on a single user interface for the car stereo and be done ... ...