Of Steering Wheels and Buggy Whips

Of Steering Wheels and Buggy Whips
by Roger C. Lanctot on 03-21-2016 at 12:00 pm

Image RemovedAt the heart of automated driving is control of the steering wheel, gas and brake pedals in the car. Based on NHTSA’s recently negotiated agreement with car makers, those selling cars in the U.S. will add automatic emergency braking to their cars by 2022. So it seems that we humans are already ceding control of… Read More


Autonomy at Odds with Security

Autonomy at Odds with Security
by Roger C. Lanctot on 03-17-2016 at 4:00 pm

Image RemovedIt’s funny that we all now believe that Google got the automated driving ball rolling. The reality is that the government started it all with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and its famous DARPA Grand Challenge, which consisted of three tests (in 2004, 2005 and 2007) of driverless cars in different… Read More


Why Can’t My Car be Like My iPhone?

Why Can’t My Car be Like My iPhone?
by Roger C. Lanctot on 03-16-2016 at 12:00 pm

Image RemovedCar companies must gaze with envy at Apple in the midst of its current confrontation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the U.S. over access to data on the iPhone of a terrorist. If only, they must say, if only we had Apple-like security for our cars.

By and large, when law enforcement agencies around the world… Read More


The Emerging Battle for Your Car’s Data

The Emerging Battle for Your Car’s Data
by Roger C. Lanctot on 03-13-2016 at 8:00 pm

Image RemovedThe Future Networked Car gathering put on by the International Telecommunications Union at the Geneva Motor Show last week highlighted the intensifying debate over automotive data privacy. A representative from FIA, the international federation of car clubs, and Stephan Appt, legal director and attorney at … Read More


Carol Burnett and Automotive Safety

Carol Burnett and Automotive Safety
by Roger C. Lanctot on 03-07-2016 at 12:00 pm

American television viewers of a certain age will remember the Carol Burnett Show and its star, Carol Burnett, and her customary ear tug at the end of each show. TV Guide tells us the “ear tug first made famous during the 1967-79 run of CBS’s Carol Burnett Show was a message to her grandmother, a way of saying, “Hello,… Read More


Waze Stealing the Keys to Your City!

Waze Stealing the Keys to Your City!
by Roger C. Lanctot on 03-03-2016 at 12:00 pm

Image RemovedWaze’s Connected Citizens program continues to get a lot of positive attention for its partnerships with cities and states around the world. The program provides free access to Waze traffic and crowd-sourced data in exchange for information about road closures and traffic incidents.… Read More


Millennial Tyranny, Tattoos and Scions!

Millennial Tyranny, Tattoos and Scions!
by Roger C. Lanctot on 02-28-2016 at 4:00 pm

Millennials tiring of TV commercials for erectile dysfunction and rheumatoid arthritis will have their revenge soon enough. The population bulge of under-35-year-olds is making its way through the demographic grinder and will soon be reformatting everything from business models and television advertising budgets to the… Read More


NHTSA and Google’s War on Drivers

NHTSA and Google’s War on Drivers
by Roger C. Lanctot on 02-15-2016 at 4:00 pm

Google and the National Highway Traffic Safety Admnistration (NHTSA) have recently joined forces in a battle against drivers. It is an unusual alliance and one with significant implications for the future of automotive safety in the U.S. and globally.

That alliance was manifest this week in a letter sent by NHTSA to Chris Urmson… Read More


India: Transcending Transportation Transformation

India: Transcending Transportation Transformation
by Roger C. Lanctot on 02-09-2016 at 12:00 pm

Image RemovedDr. Werner Heisenberg’s “uncertainty principle” states that the more precisely the position of some particle is determined, the less precisely its momentum can be known and vice versa. Transportation is the same way. The more we study the current state of transportation the less precisely … Read More