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  • 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 ... ...
  • Panasonic Abets Google's Auto Play

    by Roger Lanctot | Jan 14, 2015
    The auto industry is abuzz over Google’s plans to bring Android to automobile dashboards as a native operating system with all that that might imply or en... ...
  • A Wake-Up Call from President Obama

    by Roger Lanctot | Jan 07, 2015
    President Obama’s appointment of Mark Rosekind to lead the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was a wake-up call to the transportation... ...
  • Cars Will Have Radios in 2015

    by Roger Lanctot | Jan 04, 2015
    What if you were a car maker and I told you I had an app that would work with existing hardware in a car to deliver – at no cost – local (and nation... ...