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  • Is WeChat Ready for Its Automotive Closeup?

    by Roger Lanctot | Sep 14, 2015
    A year ago in China the conventional wisdom was that social networking app WeChat was coming to car dashboards. It was only a matter of time and a process of de... ...
  • 3D Touch Great for Mobile, Potentially Distracting for Car

    by Derek Viita | Sep 11, 2015
    At this year's Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, the newest line of iPhones was unveiled.  One of the key features touted on the new iPhone 6 and 6S i... ...
  • Security Storm May Bring Port Closure

    by Roger Lanctot | Aug 27, 2015
    A growing population of automakers is quietly calling for the shutdown of the on-board diagnostic (OBDII) port in passenger vehicles. Car makers would prefer t... ...
  • MDOT's Not So Smart Highway

    by Roger Lanctot | Aug 26, 2015
    If you are looking to see your tax dollars being frittered away in some place other than the Middle East you need look no further than Interstate 96 and 696 ou... ...
  • Overcoming the Curse of Connectivity

    by Roger Lanctot | Aug 26, 2015
    How do you fill an executive position no one wants? One of my sons, an IT professional, recently told me about his boss leaving. I asked if he was a candidate ... ...
  • 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... ...
  • BMW Introduces Gesture Control, but Widespread Adoption Unlikely

    by Derek Viita | Jul 27, 2015
    As initially hinted at CES 2015, BMW will roll out gesture controls as a standard feature in its 7-series later this year.  This will allow drivers to cont... ...
  • 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 UK Showcasing Electrified Powertrain Development

    by Kevin Mak | Jun 30, 2015
    As the first season of the Formula E racing series drew to a close, the UK government announced its support to the UK automotive industry at its “Race to ... ...
  • Going Electric in Amsterdam

    by Ian Riches | Jun 24, 2015
    Yesterday I had my first trip to Schiphol airport in the Netherlands since the announcement last year that two of the taxi firms serving the airport were switch... ...
  • 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 ... ...
  • As ADAS And Autonomous Driving Require More Processing Power, Functional Safety Will Follow

    by Kevin Mak | Apr 24, 2015
    ARM has, yesterday, announced the extension of functional safety support for the Cortex-M and Cortex-A series processing cores, in its press release, ARM E... ...