Automotive Blogs



  • Where's Samsung?

    by Roger Lanctot | Nov 06, 2015
    Two questions arise every year about this time in the automotive industry. Will Apple buy TomTom? Where is Samsung? Apple and TomTom appear to be content with ... ...
  • Tesla: The Donald Trump of the Auto Industry

    by Roger Lanctot | Oct 28, 2015
    U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump and Tesla Motors have a lot in common. Both have proven to be disruptors of their respective markets while simultaneou... ...
  • A $100M Learning Experience from Brazil

    by Roger Lanctot | Oct 22, 2015
    With Brazil’s automotive market in the midst of a deep swoon, the industry got one tiny bit of good news this week: the Contran 245 mandate was suspended... ...
  • OEMs Must Get Involved in Distraction Debate

    by Derek Viita | Oct 22, 2015
    This week, AAA released their latest round of distraction research which focused on hands-free in-vehicle infotainment systems.  In one study, 10 different... ...
  • Greater Security through Connectivity

    by Roger Lanctot | Oct 15, 2015
    The automotive security situation is bad. How bad is it? Only 19% of industry executives surveyed by The Ponemon Institute on behalf of Rogue Wave Software and... ...
  • VW's Horn Shows Us All How to Testify before Congress

    by Roger Lanctot | Oct 09, 2015
    Listening to the playback of Volkswagen North America President and CEO Michael Horn’s testimony before the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on O... ...
  • Volvo Wants U.S. Help with Autonomous Vehicle Leadership

    by Roger Lanctot | Oct 08, 2015
    One of the more curious aspects of the onset of autonomous vehicles is the widespread suggestion that special driver’s licenses will be required. The ide... ...
  • No Apple, No Google, No Uber, Oh, My!

    by Roger Lanctot | Oct 06, 2015
    How do you talk about the future of transportation in this day and age without talking about Apple, Google and Uber?  Attend the 22nd ITS World Congress i... ...
  • ADAS Recalls Highlight the Considerable Autonomous Vehicles Challenges

    by Ian Riches | Oct 05, 2015
    Ford has recently had to re-call 36,857 of its 2015 Ford F-150 pickup trucks in North America for unexpected braking behavior in the adaptive cruise control sys... ...
  • How Verizon Can Save Volkswagen ... and the Planet

    by Roger Lanctot | Oct 04, 2015
    Volkswagen’s emissions test cheating woes are unfolding in a painfully slow but familiar manner as the corporation circles its legal wagons to confront l... ...
  • VW Prepares to Come out of Its Shell

    by Roger Lanctot | Sep 28, 2015
    As the lawsuits and government investigations of Volkswagen unfold, the automotive industry is just beginning to comprehend the long and short-term impact of V... ...
  • Microsoft Considering Automotive Market Re-Entry

    by Roger Lanctot | Sep 17, 2015
    From the here-we-go-again department comes word of Microsoft seeking a partner to bring its Cortana speech recognition platform to the automotive market.  ... ...
  • 'I Can't Believe It's Free'

    by Roger Lanctot | Sep 17, 2015
    That’s what my cab driver said yesterday on the way to Charles de Gaulle Airport in reference to Waze. He couldn’t believe such a wonderful navigat... ...
  • Behavior the Biggest Barrier to Self-Driving Cars

    by Roger Lanctot | Sep 16, 2015
    I am just back from Beijing, China, where the people behind the steering wheels make Boston drivers look positively passive. In fact, the driving behavior in B... ...
  • 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... ...