No Turning Back on Autonomous Driving

No Turning Back on Autonomous Driving
by Roger C. Lanctot on 07-03-2016 at 7:00 am

Politicians will tell you that Fridays are reserved for announcements (defeats, resignations, indictments) intended to be ignored or lost in the end of week news sink. In that context, the Friday before the U.S. Fourth of July three-day weekend may be regarded as second only to the Friday before Christmas as an ideal opportunity… Read More


Driverless Policy Making

Driverless Policy Making
by Roger C. Lanctot on 06-10-2016 at 12:00 pm

The Vision Zero movement, embraced by Sweden and select U.S. and foreign cities around the world, continues to elude the grasp of U.S. Department of Transportation leadership. I was reading an impassioned letter to the President by Marianne Karth on the issue this morning – impassioned because Karth lost two daughters … Read More


How AT&T Will Turn on Car 2 Car Connectivity

How AT&T Will Turn on Car 2 Car Connectivity
by Roger C. Lanctot on 05-26-2016 at 12:00 pm

Cnet reports that, starting this week, AT&T is offering “Unlimited Plan” customers the option to add connected cars or a ZTE Mobley Wi-Fi plug-in device to their plan for $40/month for unlimited data – $10/month will buy 1GB. The plan applies to certain Buick, Audi, Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC, Jaguar, Land… Read More


Ride Hailing is Not Ride Sharing

Ride Hailing is Not Ride Sharing
by Roger C. Lanctot on 05-22-2016 at 12:00 pm

There are many misconceptions about ride sharing as journalists and analysts are wont to refer to Uber, Lyft, DiDi and the rest. Conceived as a means to increase asset utilization by allowing drivers to pick up passengers along their way, ride sharing services instantly became ride hailing services directly competing with taxis… Read More


How a Connected Watch Will Change the Connected Car Business

How a Connected Watch Will Change the Connected Car Business
by Roger C. Lanctot on 05-18-2016 at 7:00 am

It’s amazing the amount of excitement being ginned up over connected cars. Analyst firms regularly publish estimates of hundreds of millions of connected cars on the road by 2020. It’s enough to make you believe it might happen.

If we even come close to those projections it will be a miracle given the disconnect between the wireless… Read More


Future Connected Cars 2016

Future Connected Cars 2016
by Roger C. Lanctot on 05-15-2016 at 4:00 pm

There are times when a speaker for a large corporation clearly breaks from the cold corporate talking points and suggests something that you just know his managers will consider cringe-worthy. Haden Kirkpatrick, described on the event agenda of the Future Connected Car event in Santa Clara as “director of strategy and … Read More


Paranoia, Porsche, Paul Newman & Self-Driving Cars

Paranoia, Porsche, Paul Newman & Self-Driving Cars
by Roger C. Lanctot on 05-11-2016 at 12:00 pm

I was watching a documentary on the racing life of Paul Newman yesterday and I couldn’t get over the disconnect between Paul Newman’s near-obsession with auto racing and the general public’s understanding of the man. Most of us know Newman for salad dressing and iconic movie roles, but it appears, based on the… Read More


Car Leasing, Car Sharing Don’t Mix

Car Leasing, Car Sharing Don’t Mix
by Roger C. Lanctot on 05-08-2016 at 4:00 pm

Not to be outdone by General Motors with its investment in Lyft, its acquisition of Cruise and its launch of Maven, BMW is in the process of relaunching and expanding the DriveNow car share service in the U.S. and may soon provide aftermarket hardware to enable Mini lessees to rent their cars, according to a Bloomberg report.

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Stop the Dashboard Insanity!

Stop the Dashboard Insanity!
by Roger C. Lanctot on 04-26-2016 at 7:00 am

Speaking as part of the digital track at this week’s NAB confab, John Ellis proclaimed the demise of the dashboard radio in the coming world of automated vehicles. The headline reporting his talk in Tom Taylor’s newsletter was “Radio is on a path to extinction in the vehicle.”There’s no point in being subtle … Read More