Thirteen years ago, General Motors announced the introduction of a voice-enabled integration of Facebook in its cars. The announcement reflected the irresistible urge to please consumers and lead the market.
Today, multiple car makers are introducing games, streaming video, and social media apps, the most prominent of which… Read More
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
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
The auto industry isn’t for the faint of heart in late 2022. As Deloitte recently explained, chip shortages, supply chain bottlenecks, unpredictable consumer demand and the industry overhaul mandated by the rise of EVs are all creating unprecedented turmoil in this key sector. One particularly pressing challenge is the ongoing… Read More
Listen in on any automotive podcast, earnings call, or attend any automotive industry event and you will hear about “software defined” cars and “service oriented architectures.” This euphemistic terminology obscures the reality that cars in most major markets are almost universally connected – even if the owners of those … Read More
The GM Authority newsletter informed us last week that General Motors’ BrightDrop commercial vehicle group was planning to adopt autonomous vehicle technology created by GM-owned Cruise Automation for its delivery vans. Days later, Cruise CEO Kyle Vogt announced plans to bring its nascent autonomous taxi service to Phoenix… Read More
Auto makers are burdened and blessed by an eco-system of thousands of suppliers. The industry is also bound by a B2B business model. These realities combine to create unique customer relationships that are challenging and riddled with risk.
The B2B business model is a particularly thorny proposition and extends to the franchised… Read More
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) passed last year in the U.S. earmarks billions of dollars that can be used for the deployment of potentially life-saving C-V2X car connectivity technology. The U.S. Department of Transportation and state DOTs are poised to commence that spending, but one thing stands in the … Read More
In the midst of what may well be the greatest electric vehicle debacle of the nascent EV era, General Motors put on a happy face telling investors two weeks ago that all things EV and autonomous were going swimmingly to plan with gumdrops and sugar plums coming on the road ahead. GM claimed before-end-of-year availability for the… Read More