Apple’s Cook Paints Himself into an Autonomous Corner

Apple’s Cook Paints Himself into an Autonomous Corner
by Roger C. Lanctot on 04-11-2021 at 10:00 am

Apples Cook Paints Himself into an Autonomous Corner

These days tech journalists and analysts appear confident of one thing. Apple is working on an autonomous car.

There’s a “Garbo Talks” quality to the tea leaf reading around Apple’s autonomous vehicle development efforts. The latest chapter was written with the publication of Kara Swisher’s latest “Sway” podcast episode

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Tesla’s License to Kill

Tesla’s License to Kill
by Roger C. Lanctot on 04-04-2021 at 8:00 am

Tesla license to Kill

Even as Honda Motors puts a so-called Level 3 semi-autonomous vehicle on the road in Japan – 100 of them to be exact – the outrage grows over semi-autonomous vehicle tech requiring driver vigilance. Tesla Motors and General Motors have taken this plunge, creating a driving scenario where drivers – under certain circumstances … Read More


Can Our Privacy be Protected in Cars?

Can Our Privacy be Protected in Cars?
by Roger C. Lanctot on 03-28-2021 at 8:00 am

Can Our Privacy be Protected in Cars

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” — Benjamin Franklin

I hope Ben Franklin was not opposed to enhancing driving safety, but he may have looked with a jaundiced eye at the proliferation of in-cabin driver monitoring technology. … Read More


Honda Asserts Automated Driving Leadership

Honda Asserts Automated Driving Leadership
by Roger C. Lanctot on 03-14-2021 at 10:00 am

Honda Asserts Automated Driving Leadership

When Honda Motor Co. tied up with General Motors almost a year ago to collaborate on vehicle propulsion technology, connected car tech, and assisted driving, observers might have been forgiven for thinking Honda was surrendering its independence to catch up in the EV race. Honda reasserted its independence last week with the

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to 5G Cars

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to 5G Cars
by Roger C. Lanctot on 03-14-2021 at 8:00 am

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to 5G Cars

Prior to the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic car makers were inching toward putting their 5G connectivity plans into action.  There was a growing recognition, at the time, that no one wanted to miss the 5G car boat – and no car maker would want to be stuck selling 4G cars in a 5G world.

The onset of the pandemic was a shock to the system. 

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What’s Wrong with Car Connectivity

What’s Wrong with Car Connectivity
by Roger C. Lanctot on 03-07-2021 at 8:00 am

What is Wrong with Car Connectivity

I have run into far too many clever automotive executives lately who seem to believe that “we” as an industry have solved the car connectivity challenge. Consumers love built-in car connections and that’s the end of the story – or so they believe.

Sadly, this is not true. Consumers surveyed by Strategy Analytics in China,… Read More


Elon Knows When You Crash

Elon Knows When You Crash
by Roger C. Lanctot on 02-21-2021 at 8:00 am

Elon Knows When You Crash

It’s true. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, knows when you crash your Tesla. He just isn’t obliged, in the U.S., to do anything about it. And he’s not alone.

Here it is, 2021 and buyers of cars in the U.S. can’t count on getting automatic crash notification (ACN) included in their next new car.  Even those cars equipped with ACN require

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Morgan Stanley’s Tesla, Ford Misses

Morgan Stanley’s Tesla, Ford Misses
by Roger C. Lanctot on 02-07-2021 at 10:00 am

Morgan Stanley Tesla Ford Misses

Gamestop isn’t the only source of wild stock market gyrations. In fact, one might argue that the crazy valuations gravy train got its start at a humble little car company called Tesla Motors. Tesla’s stock has more than doubled in value from $400, six months ago, to more than $850 today.

Competing, so-called legacy, auto makers… Read More


Qualcomm Takes the Wheel

Qualcomm Takes the Wheel
by Roger C. Lanctot on 02-03-2021 at 6:00 am

Qualcomm Takes the Wheel

Qualcomm took center stage in the automotive industry this week to state its intention to dominate future dashboard infotainment systems. Long known for its wireless connectivity presence, Qualcomm took the wraps off its ramping up infotainment design wins for its Snapdragon 3 platform while revealing its next generation

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How Airshield Can Save Transportation

How Airshield Can Save Transportation
by Roger C. Lanctot on 01-31-2021 at 6:00 am

How Airshield Can Save Transportation

The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated public transportation of every variety from buses and taxis to airplanes and trains. The combination of remote work and evolving economic shutdowns impacting restaurants, entertainment venues, schools, and tourism have sapped transportation demand while mitigation measures have reduced… Read More