Automotive Blogs



  • 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... ...
  • Is It Time to Throw NHTSA Under the Bus?

    by Roger Lanctot | Jun 17, 2014
    At an International Motor Press Association luncheon in New York City today GlobalAutomakers President and CEO John Bozzella noted that questions were being r... ...
  • Samsung Can Buy Automotive Market Credibility with Nuance Acquisition

    by Roger Lanctot | Jun 17, 2014
    The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg News are reporting rumors of a potential acquisition of Nuance Communications by Samsung and/or private equity investors. ... ...
  • Honda Stage Youtube Music Platform Misses a Beat

    by Roger Lanctot | Jun 15, 2014
    American Honda Motor (AHM) is said to be investing “millions of dollars” in an effort led by a music industry “dream team” to launch a m... ...
  • Safety Trumps Privacy and Auto Industry Hipocrisy

    by Roger Lanctot | Jun 08, 2014
    It has become fashionable in the auto industry to promise to protect customer privacy. Volkswagen’s Chairman of the Board of Management Martin Winterkorn ... ...
  • What Would Tesla Do?

    by Roger Lanctot | Jun 07, 2014
    I just returned from Telematics Update 2014 in Detroit – the leading global event focused on vehicle connectivity – and I came upon a story on theca... ...