Auto Architecture and the Need for Speed

Auto Architecture and the Need for Speed
by Roger C. Lanctot on 10-11-2019 at 10:00 am

Automotive makers and their suppliers are jacking up the processing power being introduced to cars along with higher speed wireless external connections. These high speed systems promise to collect, process, interpret and transmit sensor data for the purpose of enabling advanced collision avoidance and, ultimately, automated

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Fossil Fuels in the Crosshairs

Fossil Fuels in the Crosshairs
by Roger C. Lanctot on 09-29-2019 at 11:00 am

Image RemovedIn the heat of a presidential campaign, especially one with 19 competing candidates, the contenders may get carried away in the interest of getting attention and, presumably, attracting supporters. Beto O’Rourke might be accused of such rhetorical excess for his call, in the third Democratic Party debate, for

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Forget about 5G

Forget about 5G
by Roger C. Lanctot on 09-20-2019 at 10:00 am

Image RemovedThere is a vast amount of hubbub in the automotive industry regarding the onset of 5G technology. Industry excitement is manifest in the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA) which is facilitating collaboration (among 120+ member) between the automotive industry and the wireless industry, possibly for the first … Read More


Radio: Relevant, Unifying, Intimate, Vulnerable

Radio: Relevant, Unifying, Intimate, Vulnerable
by Roger C. Lanctot on 09-15-2019 at 10:00 am

Image RemovedIt was hard to escape the notion while attending RadiodaysAsia2019  that the world is experiencing what can only be called “peak radio.” Radio has the widest audience reach of any content delivery medium anywhere in the world, with the possible exception of India, according to researchers such as Nielsen Media,

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Ford Prioritizes Safety; Revolutionizes Connectivity

Ford Prioritizes Safety; Revolutionizes Connectivity
by Roger C. Lanctot on 09-11-2019 at 10:00 am

Image RemovedFord Motor Company’s debt may have been downgraded to junk this week, but the company’s savvy strategy for vehicle safety and connectivity has had an outsize influence on the broader automotive industry.  That is the takeaway message from this week’s ITS California gathering of transportation executives taking

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GM’s Dashboard Surrender

GM’s Dashboard Surrender
by Roger C. Lanctot on 09-10-2019 at 10:00 am

Image RemovedThere was a time when General Motors’ OnStar offering was readily and clearly understood by consumers for the fact that it did one thing incredibly well: summoning assistance in the event of a vehicle crash and airbag deployment. This now-23-year-old connected car solution still stands strong as a powerful brand-defining… Read More


Leave the Driving to Musk!

Leave the Driving to Musk!
by Roger C. Lanctot on 09-03-2019 at 10:00 am

Image RemovedFor years Tesla Motors’ CEO Elon Musk has been taunting the global insurance industry that he would offer insurance coverage directly from Tesla if he was dissatisfied with the industry’s own underwriting. That shoe dropped last week with a resounding thud as Tesla Insurance Services launched in California.

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Tesla Stakes Insurance Claim!

Tesla Stakes Insurance Claim!
by Roger C. Lanctot on 08-25-2019 at 2:00 pm

In its most recent shareholders’ meeting Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk noted that the Tesla Model 3 is the highest revenue producing car in the U.S. and fourth best-selling by unit volume. He also noted Tesla’s vehicles’ industry-leading fuel efficiency and range.

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Musk took the further step of emphasizing the

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Designing Connected Car Cockpits

Designing Connected Car Cockpits
by Roger C. Lanctot on 08-18-2019 at 4:00 pm

Image RemovedCreating engaging, though not distracting, in-vehicle experiences that enhance driving and maximize safety represents an intimidating and inspiring opportunity for automotive designers – who have already made great strides. The widespread adoption of connectivity means that artificial intelligence… Read More


5G Auction without Action​ = Fraud

5G Auction without Action​ = Fraud
by Roger C. Lanctot on 08-07-2019 at 10:00 am

Image Removed“We don’t need 10 Mbit/s, but rather basic bandwidth and guaranteed latency. We need coverage!” thus spoke BMW Senior Vice President of Electronics Christoph Grote at the recent Automobil-Elektronik Kongress in Ludwigsburg, Germany. Grote was making this plea in the context of the onset of… Read More