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  • Data Collection Dilemma Facing the Connected Car

    by Roger Lanctot | Mar 10, 2016
    The Future Networked Car gathering put on by the International Telecommunications Union at the Geneva Motor Show last week highlighted the intensifying debate ... ...
  • Europe Dials into DAB/DAB+

    by Roger Lanctot | Mar 10, 2016
    At the WorldDAB gathering at the Geneva Motor Show yesterday I got an eerie feeling about just how different Americans are from Europeans. After the third pres... ...
  • Is INRIX Calling the Right Signals in Seattle?

    by Roger Lanctot | Mar 10, 2016
    INRIX has pulled the equivalent of throwing a Hail Mary pass with the announcement of its acquisition of automotive app integrator OpenCar.  INRIX CEO, Bri... ...
  • Strength vs Weakness for Internet Companies as Automotive Startups

    by Kevin Li | Mar 09, 2016
    2015 was an extraordinary year in China’s auto industry as many Internet companies and startups rushed in, bringing numerous surprises. Examples include C... ...
  • Sales Growth You Can Count on

    by Roger Lanctot | Mar 04, 2016
    The recent plateau in smartphone sales growth has highlighted the unbroken growth trajectory being experienced and anticipated in the automotive industry. Whil... ...
  • Samsung Taking a Swing at Car Connectivity

    by Roger Lanctot | Feb 21, 2016
    A little over a year ago the automotive aftermarket got a jolt when Jalopnik reported on the vulnerability of Progressive's Snapshot OBDII plug-in device. ... ...
  • Tesla's Secret Weapon

    by Roger Lanctot | Feb 19, 2016
    Some CEO’s make things look easy and appear to enjoy their work. CEO’s like Richard Branson and Warren Buffet come to mind. These are guys that cle... ...
  • Waze Stealing the Keys to Your City

    by Roger Lanctot | Feb 19, 2016
    Waze’s Connected Citizens program continues to get a lot of positive attention for its partnerships with cities and states around the world. The program ... ...
  • Might Apple Acquire BMW?

    by Roger Lanctot | Jan 28, 2016
    With hundreds of billions of dollars overseas and ridiculous profits domestically it is safe to say that Apple can have its way with whatever industry, market o... ...
  • Faraday Makes the Case for the Google Car

    by Roger Lanctot | Jan 06, 2016
    The U.S. government may not come to take our guns, but it might come to take our cars.  That was the thought coursing through my mind the morning after th... ...
  • New Vision for Traffic Cameras in 2016

    by Roger Lanctot | Jan 03, 2016
    A picture may be worth a thousand words, but a traffic camera video may be worth millions. TrafficLand is poised to transform forever the use of traffic camera... ...
  • 2015's Unfinished Automotive Business

    by Roger Lanctot | Dec 31, 2015
    The farther we come, the farther we have to go. While progress in advancing personal transportation was made in 2015, the year closes with glaring elements of ... ...
  • Amazon as Chief Disruptor of 2016

    by Roger Lanctot | Dec 30, 2015
    Imagine Google without the invasion of privacy or Apple without the proprietary platform and technologies and what you have is Amazon.  Amazon closes 2015... ...
  • CES 2016 & VW's Pretzel Logic

    by Roger Lanctot | Dec 15, 2015
    Observers may be forgiven for viewing Volkswagen’s keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show in January as an act of contortion worthy of Cirque du Soleil.... ...
  • Radio Will Survive Dashboard Clash

    by Roger Lanctot | Dec 10, 2015
    The so-called battle for the automotive dashboard is not a zero sum game and radio will win.  Let's consider the latest infotainment insurgencies. SiriusX... ...
  • Tesla Has Auto Industry Facing the Autopilot Blues

    by Roger Lanctot | Dec 07, 2015
    Tesla’s launch of autopilot on the Model S P85/P90 has the auto industry singing the blues. Few auto makers are prepared to launch similar functionality ... ...
  • The Death of Radio Traffic Reports Foretold - Prematurely

    by Roger Lanctot | Nov 30, 2015
    In May of 1897, American writer and humorist Mark Twain wrote a letter explaining that an ailing cousin in Europe was stimulating press reports of his passing.&... ...
  • Auto Industry: Crossroads or Cliff

    by Roger Lanctot | Nov 25, 2015
    Consumers are buying more new cars, keeping them longer, driving them less and dying more often. That is the tale of the automotive industry in the U.S. in 201... ...
  • Ford Zigs with LTE while Zagging with Wi-Fi

    by Roger Lanctot | Nov 17, 2015
    Ford has announced its plans to launch its first vehicle with an optional built-in LTE connection, the 2016 Ford Escape, while simultaneously maintaining its cl... ...
  • CCE: Getting Back to Blue Button Basics

    by Roger Lanctot | Nov 16, 2015
    The biggest question facing the Connected Car Expo (opening Tuesday) this week – part of the Los Angeles Auto Show – is determining precisely what ... ...