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  • 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... ...
  • Google Gets It Wrong Again

    by Roger Lanctot | Nov 16, 2014
    In the era of de-contenting cars we expect to see side-mounted rearview mirrors and door handles go away along with keyfobs, standard transmissions and interna... ...
  • What's an Ounce of Good Will Worth?

    by Roger Lanctot | Nov 08, 2014
    Day after day goes by with no resolution to the current auto recall crisis gripping the U.S. The number of fatalities attributed to GM’s ignition switch r... ...
  • Election Results Point to Unlicensed Rise, V2V Stall

    by Roger Lanctot | Nov 07, 2014
    The Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate in this week’s mid-term elections throws into doubt the prospect of the Obama administration making any progres... ...
  • Auto Safety Hits the Reset Button - in China

    by Roger Lanctot | Oct 24, 2014
    I’ve just come from the site of the 15th Western China International Fair in Chengdu and the booth of the Telematics Industry Application Alliance (TIAA) ... ...
  • Google's Influence on Automotive Innovation

    by Roger Lanctot | Oct 14, 2014
    Google is quietly calling the tune in automotive technology development. I see it every day. Two companies have found success recently in bringing advanced vehi... ...
  • V2V Stops Here - No Module Mandate Needed

    by Roger Lanctot | Aug 20, 2014
    The U.S. Department of Transportation is seeking to mandate the installation of a device in cars for vehicle-to-vehicle communications. For some reason the agen... ...
  • Could Fuel Efficiency be Bad for Car Sales?

    by Roger Lanctot | Aug 18, 2014
    In the eyes of the car industry the only thing worse than telling car makers what kind of cars to build is telling dealers what kind of cars to sell. Both pro... ...
  • Auto Industry Still Finding Its Voice

    by Roger Lanctot | Aug 10, 2014
    J.D. Power waded into the swamp of automotive voice recognition technology last week at the Center for Automotive Research’s Management Briefing Seminar i... ...
  • Traverse City a Travesty Again

    by Roger Lanctot | Aug 09, 2014
    The Annual Traverse City Management Briefing Seminar quietly concluded this week without shedding any newsworthy light on the future of alternative powertrains,... ...
  • Don't Let Your S Class Make You an S-hole

    by Roger Lanctot | Aug 07, 2014
    I thought the Mercedes S Class was the most advanced car on the road, thanks in large part to its safety system portfolio and multiple expert reviews. Dan Car... ...
  • Automotive Security: From Key&Peele to Ron Popeil

    by Roger Lanctot | Aug 06, 2014
    Last December two hackers, Charlie Miller, security engineer for Twitter, and Chris Valasek, (left, bottom) director of security intelligence at IOActive, tried... ...
  • Fields’ First Moves Reveal CAFE Focus

    by Roger Lanctot | Jul 24, 2014
    Ford’s Mark Fields started 2014 with the announcement of aluminum-bodied F-150s and, following his appointment as CEO, has doubled down on the fuel effici... ...
  • Will We Surrender Control of Our Cars?

    by Roger Lanctot | Jul 21, 2014
    There is a spooky statistical confluence in the U.S. between highway fatalities and deaths resulting from gun violence (homicides and suicides, combined). Both ... ...
  • Get Government and Insurers Out of the Safety Business

    by Roger Lanctot | Jul 18, 2014
    The time has finally arrived to privatize the safety testing activities of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and to shift the funding model of ... ...
  • 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... ...