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  • 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... ...
  • 2015: Uber Replaces Tesla as Chief Disrupter

    by Roger Lanctot | Jan 02, 2015
    It seemed that Tesla could do no wrong in 2013 and 2014. Even when something went wrong, like its cars catching fire, Tesla turned it into an opportunity to dem... ...
  • Does Google Dream of Electric Sheep?

    by Roger Lanctot | Jul 04, 2014
    I take the title of my blog from the Philip K. Dick science fiction novel upon which the movie "Blade Runner" was based. One element of the movie is bounty hu... ...
  • China and Russia Pledge GNSS Program Cooperation

    by Kevin Li | Jul 02, 2014
    Jointly sponsored by Chinese Satellite Navigation Office (CSNO), Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation, Russian Federal Space Agency and GLONASS Union... ...
  • Google Automotive Link: Google Dancing in Its Underwear

    by Roger Lanctot | Jun 26, 2014
    Among actor Michael McDonald's more unusual credits is the role of "Stuart" on the television program Mad TV. Stuart is a precocious child of indeterminate ph... ...
  • Waze Wants What WTOP Has and We Can See Why

    by Roger Lanctot | Jun 21, 2014
    Okay, I'll admit it. I was one of many that praised Waze for its clever use of crowd sourced traffic information to create an application that attracted mil... ...
  • Is It Time to Throw NHTSA Under the Bus?

    by Roger Lanctot | Jun 17, 2014
    At an International Motor Press Association luncheon in New York City today GlobalAutomakers President and CEO John Bozzella noted that questions were being r... ...
  • Samsung Can Buy Automotive Market Credibility with Nuance Acquisition

    by Roger Lanctot | Jun 17, 2014
    The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg News are reporting rumors of a potential acquisition of Nuance Communications by Samsung and/or private equity investors. ... ...
  • Honda Stage Youtube Music Platform Misses a Beat

    by Roger Lanctot | Jun 15, 2014
    American Honda Motor (AHM) is said to be investing “millions of dollars” in an effort led by a music industry “dream team” to launch a m... ...
  • Safety Trumps Privacy and Auto Industry Hipocrisy

    by Roger Lanctot | Jun 08, 2014
    It has become fashionable in the auto industry to promise to protect customer privacy. Volkswagen’s Chairman of the Board of Management Martin Winterkorn ... ...
  • What Would Tesla Do?

    by Roger Lanctot | Jun 07, 2014
    I just returned from Telematics Update 2014 in Detroit – the leading global event focused on vehicle connectivity – and I came upon a story on theca... ...
  • OnStar Offers Crisis Assistance During Weather Emergencies

    by Roger Lanctot | May 30, 2014
    Three years after I wrote this blog (Me, OnStar and Irene - http://tinyurl.com/n7sccck), and nine years after Katrina OnStar has notified all current and former... ...
  • Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent (BAT) bought five biggest Chinese navigation & map providers

    by Kevin Li | May 14, 2014
    After Tencent invested 1.173 billion RMB to acquire 11.28% of Navinfo, the three giant Internet service providers-Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent (so called ‘B... ...