Why Cars aren’t as Safe as Planes

Why Cars aren’t as Safe as Planes
by Roger C. Lanctot on 10-12-2017 at 12:00 pm

People are often confused and amazed that airline travel is so much safer than travel by bus, rail or car. The safety of air travel is truly miraculous, particularly in comparison to the disastrous history of terrestrial travel.

This reality was highlighted by the latest fatality data released by the U.S. Department of Transportation… Read More


Driver Distraction? Don’t Look at Me!

Driver Distraction? Don’t Look at Me!
by Roger C. Lanctot on 10-06-2017 at 7:00 am

The Automobile Club of America’s (AAA) ongoing battle with driver distraction, among other issues such as drowsy driving and teen driving, turns a new page with a report flagging 23 of 30 tested in-vehicle infotainment systems as demanding that drivers pay a high or very high level of attention when performing tasks with… Read More


Nvidia Handles Data, Senate with Care

Nvidia Handles Data, Senate with Care
by Roger C. Lanctot on 07-04-2017 at 7:00 am

When speaking before the U.S. Senate or Congress one has to choose one’s words carefully. The temptation, when one is speaking before legislators and microphones and cameras, is to tell it like it is and speak truth to power. The reality is that the power of the legislators and the microphones and the cameras must be respected and,… Read More


Fed Panel Asks Today: Why Waymo?

Fed Panel Asks Today: Why Waymo?
by Roger C. Lanctot on 01-16-2017 at 12:00 pm

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is holding the first meeting today of a new advisory committee focused, in its own words: “on automation across a number of modes.” The committee, made up of an array of experts from a variety of fields, is “to immediately begin work on some of the most pressing and… Read More


Automobility: The Bot in a Box Boom

Automobility: The Bot in a Box Boom
by Roger C. Lanctot on 11-20-2016 at 4:00 pm

The Automobility event, which starts today ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show, will be remembered for introducing the bot in a box. While Ford Motor Company President and CEO Mark Fields will take the stage this morning to tout Ford’s leadership in transforming transportation with new vehicle ownership models and mass produced… Read More


How to Save 10,000 Lives

How to Save 10,000 Lives
by Roger C. Lanctot on 09-05-2016 at 4:00 pm

It’s Labor Day weekend in the U.S. and the National Safety Council (NSC) has forecast that approximately 400 deaths will occur on the nation’s highways. This death toll is about on par with past Labor Day weekends, with no big increase or reduction anticipated.

This routine slaughter is greeted by most observers with a yawn, but … Read More


Time for U.S. Fatality Reduction Targets

Time for U.S. Fatality Reduction Targets
by Roger C. Lanctot on 09-01-2016 at 12:00 pm

Almost exactly a year ago I wrote a blog implicating the insurance industry in the high level of highway fatalities in the U.S. As part of that blog (“The Insurance Industry Has Blood on Its Hands”) I suggested that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ought to look into developing a fatality-reduction… Read More


Apple, Alphabet, AT&T – We Have a Problem

Apple, Alphabet, AT&T – We Have a Problem
by Roger C. Lanctot on 08-10-2016 at 12:00 pm

Poor Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Emmy award-winning chief medical correspondent for CNN, a neurosurgeon and professor and now an explainer of distracted driving as part of CNN’s weeklong report on Driving While Distracted which concluded last Saturday. He offers a detailed medical explanation of driver distraction as only a neurosurgeon… Read More


Car Theft Making a Comeback

Car Theft Making a Comeback
by Roger C. Lanctot on 07-24-2016 at 4:00 pm

In the U.K., where vehicle theft has been in a steep decline for the past 20 years, the most widespread advice given by police to car owners is: keep your car keys in your freezer. The most common source of vulnerability these days is the interception of RF signals between keyfobs and cars. For a time, several years ago, there was a rash… Read More