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


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


Is Elon Musk from the Future?

Is Elon Musk from the Future?
by Roger C. Lanctot on 04-17-2016 at 10:00 pm

One of the more annoying (ie. delightful) things about Tesla Motors is the way the company casually disrupts long established auto industry business models. Whether it is vehicle sales and service or overcoming EV range anxiety or using your car to as an extension of the power grid or letting your car drive itself.

The latest twist… Read More


Roger Rabbit Redux – Self-Driving Car Edition

Roger Rabbit Redux – Self-Driving Car Edition
by Roger C. Lanctot on 04-10-2016 at 12:00 pm

With General Motors investing $500M in Lyft and buying Cruise Automation (aftermarket self-driving car technology) for $1B, there are some people speculating that the company may be recreating its mid-prior-century effort to monopolize mass transportation. In the 1940’s, National City Lines and Pacific City Lines,… Read More


Car Companies Confront Data Sharing

Car Companies Confront Data Sharing
by Roger C. Lanctot on 04-06-2016 at 12:00 pm

Senior OnStar executives have long intoned at industry events that the customer owns his or her data. The only problem is that the customer is only allowed glimpses of his or her data. They don’t have control of that data in spite of their so-called ownership of it.

It’s a complex challenge especially given the fact that… Read More


Guard Vehicles from Cyber Attacks!

Guard Vehicles from Cyber Attacks!
by Roger C. Lanctot on 03-31-2016 at 7:00 am

Law enforcement officers, emergency responders and commercial fleet operators cannot afford to operate vehicles without the assurance of security. A police officer, emergency medical technician or truck driver cannot live with any uncertainty regarding the integrity of their vehicle’s safety systems and powertrain.

That… Read More


What the FBI is Saying about Connected Cars

What the FBI is Saying about Connected Cars
by Roger C. Lanctot on 03-24-2016 at 4:00 pm

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Transportation, put out a written public service announcement (PSA) last week detailing the agency’s concerns regarding automotive cybersecurity and its recommendations for the driving and vehicle owning public. The PSA followed… Read More


Of Steering Wheels and Buggy Whips

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

At 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 the brake pedal.… Read More