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  • 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... ...
  • Driverless U.S. Senate

    by Roger Lanctot | Oct 04, 2017
    The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation is considering autonomous vehicle legislation today – the American Vision for Safer Tr... ...
  • No Radio in Tesla Model 3: Time for a Mandate

    by Roger Lanctot | Oct 04, 2017
    There is a soccer chant crafted by Manchester City fans in the United Kingdom seeking to cast shade on fans of Liverpool FC by suggesting that the latter are i... ...
  • Car Makers Spinning in a Red Ocean

    by Roger Lanctot | Sep 28, 2017
    In spite of all of the terrible stories about vehicle-inflicted traffic and highway fatalities, the automobile industry continues to post impressive profit figu... ...
  • High Noon for Enterprise, GM

    by Roger Lanctot | Sep 25, 2017
    Enterprise Holdings launched an advertising campaign at the beginning of 2017 positioning the company as a seller, renter and sharer of motor vehicles of all sh... ...
  • GM's Barra Misses the EV Boat

    by Roger Lanctot | Sep 21, 2017
    China is considering joining the rising bandwagon of nations seeking to cap sales of fossil fuel vehicles. General Motors CEO Mary Barra spoke on the sub... ...
  • GM's Billion Dollar Distraction

    by Roger Lanctot | Sep 13, 2017
    The Automotive News informs us that General Motors' Cruise Automation division claims to have created the first true self-driving car. Okay, well, not exactly... ...
  • Software Is Eating the Auto Industry

    by Roger Lanctot | Aug 25, 2017
    There is something about an automobile that simultaneously inspires romance, anger and frustration. We fall in love with an MG or an Aston Martin or a Porsche ... ...
  • Eclipse 2017: Drive All Night

    by Roger Lanctot | Aug 23, 2017
    The reports are coming in now that Apple is working on self-driving car technology in support of developing shuttle buses - not unlike the dozen or so other co... ...
  • Fix Lauren: No War on Cars

    by Roger Lanctot | Aug 18, 2017
    We have gotten to the point with automotive safety where we are happy to hear that ONLY 18,000 people died on the nation’s highways in the first six mont... ...