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  • Ford's Rise Marks NHTSA's Fall

    by Roger Lanctot | Mar 26, 2018
    In the midst of reports of escalating human carnage unfolding on U.S. (and global) highways, Ford Motor Company has opened up a new front in the battle to enha... ...
  • The Good, the Bad ... and Tesla, and Uber

    by Roger Lanctot | Mar 22, 2018
    In "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" circa 1971, Gene Wilder plays a vaguely misanthropic Willy Wonka who leads the young winners of his golden wrapper c... ...
  • Automated Driving and Potemkin Safety

    by Roger Lanctot | Mar 21, 2018
    The call to terminate the testing of autonomous driving vehicles on public roads have risen predictably in the wake of the fatal crash between an Uber automated... ...
  • Uber's Monkey in the Wrench

    by Roger Lanctot | Mar 20, 2018
    The news of a pedestrian fatality in Tempe, Ariz., resulting from the operation of an Uber autonomous vehicle has set off alarm bells throughout the AV develop... ...
  • Self-Driving Car Catch-22 and the Road to 5G

    by Roger Lanctot | Mar 07, 2018
    In the novel “Catch-22” from which the eponymous 1970 movie was made we learn of a fictional bureaucratic means by which the U.S. Air Force was able... ...
  • Future Networked Car 2018: What Car Will You Drive Tomorrow?

    by Roger Lanctot | Mar 06, 2018
    Today more than ever where you live may well determine what kind of car you drive. Federal governments and, lately, cities are stepping forward to determin... ...
  • MWC 2018: The Anonymous Car

    by Roger Lanctot | Mar 02, 2018
    European regulators are poised to once again shift European car makers to the back of the queue when it comes to realizing the value of connected cars. While t... ...
  • Teach Humans to Drive before Robots

    by Roger Lanctot | Feb 19, 2018
    Sometimes it seems like we have already given up on human driving. We hear the news about annual highway fatalities on the rise (in the U.S. and globally) ... ...
  • FCA Redefines Leadership

    by Roger Lanctot | Feb 16, 2018
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is the eighth largest auto maker in the world and the third largest in the U.S., but the company has been thrust to the forefront of ... ...
  • Blackberry Reboot Nears Completion

    by Roger Lanctot | Feb 15, 2018
    Jalopnik's report that car maker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) had experienced a failed software update that had thrown the infotainment systems in some MY 2... ...
  • Safety, Fuel Efficiency, Infrastructure: Fake News and a Free Lunch

    by Roger Lanctot | Feb 14, 2018
    The Trump administration released its self-described $1.5T infrastructure plan this week, which is actually a $200B plan requiring $1.3T to be paid by states o... ...
  • Tesla's Irrational Convergence

    by Roger Lanctot | Feb 13, 2018
    “There’s no reason to buy a BMW.” So said a senior BMW digital marketing executive to me last year on stage at an industry event. I... ...
  • Uber's Winter of Discontent Turns Fatal

    by Roger Lanctot | Feb 12, 2018
    A week ago, New York City livery driver Douglas Schifter committed suicide in front of City Hall in New York after posting a 1,700-word note on Facebook regard... ...
  • DOTs Push Talking Car Snake Oil

    by Roger Lanctot | Jan 31, 2018
    For nearly 20 years the automobile industry in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Transportation has been working toward the goal of enabling cars to &ldq... ...
  • NJ Leads Next of Kin Notification Push

    by Roger Lanctot | Jan 29, 2018
    As a parting gift to New Jersey, the automobile industry, the nation and the world, former New Jersey governor, Chris Christie, signed legislation establishing... ...
  • AT&T Equates Net Neutrality, Self-Driving Cars

    by Roger Lanctot | Jan 29, 2018
    A wave of Federal and State legislative activity is underway to restore the principle and policy of Net Neutrality heaved overboard last year by Ajit Pai, chai... ...
  • What GM Can Learn from Tesla

    by Roger Lanctot | Jan 25, 2018
    General Motors has had wireless connections to its cars for more than 21 years, thanks to Project Beacon, better known as OnStar, now operated as Global Connec... ...
  • Nvidia's Pegasus Putsch

    by Roger Lanctot | Oct 12, 2017
    There hasn’t been this much excitement in Munich since the 1920’s. Nvidia’s great pivot was on display at the GPU Technology Conference ... ...
  • This is How We Autonomous

    by Roger Lanctot | Oct 10, 2017
    Some days it seems like the world is obsessed with autonomous vehicles. No one really understands why. Surveys tell us that consumers are both interested ... ...
  • Do Senators Dream of Autonomous Cars?

    by Roger Lanctot | Oct 10, 2017
    You can’t legislate safety. Safety is complicated. Automotive safety is positively mysterious if not impossible. The U.S. Senate, and a compli... ...