Automotive Blogs

  • 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 Chris Schreiner | 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 Chris Schreiner | 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... ...

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