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ATSC 3.0: Sleeper Hit of CES 2023

ATSC 3.0: Sleeper Hit of CES 2023
by Roger C. Lanctot on 01-19-2023 at 10:00 am

ATSC 3.0 Sleeper Hit of CES 2023

Ten years ago the Open Mobile Video Coalition was touting its plans to deliver free over-the-air television to mobile devices and automobiles. At the time, OMVC was seen as the realization of a dream of delivering video to cars – front seat and back.

The dream didn’t last long and the plans for ATSC M/H brought to the market by the OMVC… Read More


ZoneCast Blast Misses Its Mark

ZoneCast Blast Misses Its Mark
by Roger C. Lanctot on 01-19-2023 at 6:00 am

ZoneCast Blast Misses Its Mark

On my flight to Las Vegas for the annual Consumer Electronics show I dug in to Jeff Smulyan’s autobiographical “Never Ride a RollerCoaster Upside Down – The Ups and Downs and Reinvention of an Entrepreneur.” As CEO, Chairman, and Founder of Emmis Communications Smulyan has had a front row seat to the evolution of the electronics… Read More


To EV or NOT to EV?

To EV or NOT to EV?
by Roger C. Lanctot on 01-12-2023 at 10:00 am

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It’s anybody’s guess when it comes to future demand for EVs. KPMG is the latest to put a perspective out on the subject – drastically slashing timelines for EV adoption based on a survey of senior industry executives. KPMG says the surveyed executives reported a median expectation for EV adoption by 2030 to 35% of sales from 65% … Read More


The Smartphone Snitch in Your Pocket

The Smartphone Snitch in Your Pocket
by Roger C. Lanctot on 01-05-2023 at 6:00 am

The Smartphone Snitch in Your Pocket

The story in the New York Times came with a sensational headline: “Couple in Car Survive 300-foot Fall into a Canyon.” The canyon in question was Monkey Canyon in the Angeles National Forest outside Los Angeles and the couple survived, so the story goes, thanks to their satellite-connectivity-enhanced iPhone.

This is the kind… Read More


Regulators Wrestle with ‘Explainability’​

Regulators Wrestle with ‘Explainability’​
by Roger C. Lanctot on 12-21-2022 at 10:00 am

Regulators Westle with Explainability​

The letter from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (SFMTA) to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shines a bright spotlight on a major weakness of current automated vehicle technology – explainability. The letter is in reply to a request for comment from interested parties by NHTSA… Read More


Functional Safety for Automotive IP

Functional Safety for Automotive IP
by Daniel Payne on 12-15-2022 at 10:00 am

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Automotive engineers are familiar with the ISO 26262 standard, as it defines a process for developing functional safety in electronic systems, where human safety is preserved as all of the electronic components are operating correctly and reliably.  Automotive electronics have now grown to cover dozens of applications, and… Read More


Don’t Lie to Me

Don’t Lie to Me
by Roger C. Lanctot on 12-11-2022 at 6:00 pm

Dont Lie to Me

Some things just really rile me up. Mark Zuckerberg testifying before Congress. Bernie Madoff explaining his investment strategy. Elon Musk inveighing against restrictions on free speech. But there is a new candidate for boiling my blood – word of a potential merger of vehicle data aggregators Wejo and Otonomo.

These two… Read More


Hyundai’s Hybrid Radio a First

Hyundai’s Hybrid Radio a First
by Roger C. Lanctot on 12-01-2022 at 10:00 am

Hyundais Hybrid Radio a First

Current owners of a wide range of Hyundai connected cars encompassing multiple model years are receiving or have received notification of the availability (i.e. eligibility) for a software upgrade that will connect their in-vehicle radio to the Internet. For those owners who receive and have this update installed they may not… Read More


Mobility is Dead; Long Live Mobility

Mobility is Dead; Long Live Mobility
by Roger C. Lanctot on 11-24-2022 at 10:00 am

Mobility is Dead Long Live Mobility

What the hell is going on in the automotive industry. Every automotive executive is talking mobility, mobility, mobility while simultaneously divesting every mobility asset that has been amassed over the past 10 years of surging mobility mania.

The latest spinoff of a mobility asset was Volkswagen’s sale of its WeShare car … Read More


Configurable Processors. The Why and How

Configurable Processors. The Why and How
by Bernard Murphy on 11-16-2022 at 6:00 am

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Configurable processors are hot now, in no small part thanks to RISC-V. Which is an ISA rather than a processor, but let’s not quibble. Arm followed with configurability in Cortex-X. Both were considerably preceded (a couple of decades) by Synopsys ARC® RISC CPUs and CEVA DSPs. Each stressed configurability as a differentiator… Read More