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  • NAFTA Still On Course For PHEVs, Despite Low Gas Prices

    by Kevin Mak | Jan 16, 2015
    In the latest Insight report covering the Detroit Auto Show, Strategy Analytics sets out scenarios from recent low gasoline prices and the potential impact on p... ...
  • Nvidia goes Large in Automotive at CES 2015

    by Ian Riches | Jan 05, 2015
    It should have come as no surprise that Nvidia held a well-attended press event prior to the Consumer Electronics Show last night.  It is, after all, one o... ...
  • 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 ... ...
  • Is It Time to Throw NHTSA Under the Bus?

    by Roger Lanctot | Jun 14, 2014
    At an International Motor Press Association luncheon in New York City today GlobalAutomakers President and CEO John Bozzella noted that questions were being rai... ...
  • 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... ...
  • Kiss Mirrors, Keys and a Cost-Based GM Culture Good-Bye

    by Roger Lanctot | Apr 02, 2014
    Against the depressing tableau of General Motors and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration testimony before a U.S. House of Representatives sub-committ... ...

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