You Cruise You Lose

You Cruise You Lose
by Roger C. Lanctot on 11-25-2018 at 7:00 am

General Motors has two media magnets in CEO Mary Barra and Cruise Automation founder Kyle Vogt. Barra is praised for boosting GM profitability while streamlining operations and making strategic investments. Vogt, the beneficiary of one of those investments – in his autonomous vehicle technology company – embodies GM’s aspirations… Read More


Connected Cars High Tech Low Demand

Connected Cars High Tech Low Demand
by Roger C. Lanctot on 11-04-2018 at 6:01 am

The latest reliability report from Consumer Reports which dumped on domestics and rained glory upon Asian imports highlighted a conundrum facing car makers. The more effort car makers put into innovation, the greater the risk of consumer confusion, system failure and lousy reliability scores.

The picture is even worse if one… Read More


Is Your BMW Secure?

Is Your BMW Secure?
by Roger C. Lanctot on 10-28-2018 at 7:00 am

The cybersecurity of automobiles has become an increasingly critical issue in the context of autonomous vehicle development. While creators of autonomous vehicles may have rigorous safety and testing practices, these efforts may be for naught if the system are compromised by ethical or unethical hackers.

Establishing cybersecurity… Read More


OnStar Missing the Florence Boat

OnStar Missing the Florence Boat
by Roger C. Lanctot on 09-13-2018 at 12:00 pm

Here we go again. A hurricane is closing in on the U.S. East Coast and General Motors’ OnStar connected car team – now part of something called Global Connected Consumer Experience – is AWOL.

While mandatory evacuations have been ordered and two-way highway connections to the coast have been switched to single… Read More


Are We Over Uber? Bring on the Bots

Are We Over Uber? Bring on the Bots
by Roger C. Lanctot on 08-12-2018 at 12:00 pm

From sexual harassment, to surveilling regulators, to Uber drivers and taxi drivers committing suicide (because they can’t make a living) the pervasive creepiness of Uber continues to spread while the means of corraling this societal phenomenon creeps steadily forward like sclerotic mid-town traffic. The latest chapter… Read More


Florida Sends Mixed Autonomous Message

Florida Sends Mixed Autonomous Message
by Roger C. Lanctot on 08-12-2018 at 7:00 am

Florida is poised to surpass California and Arizona as the leader in autonomous driving development thanks to an aggressive legislative agenda that began in 2012 and direct engagement with autonomous car developers. The state has good reasons for fostering automated driving given that it is the second largest state in the U.S.… Read More


What Mary Meeker Missed

What Mary Meeker Missed
by Roger C. Lanctot on 06-01-2018 at 12:00 pm

It must be a measure of the dim view taken of the automotive industry by Silicon Valley types that of the 294 slides in Mary Meeker’s annual Trends presentation delivered at this year’s Code Conference less than 10 of those slides refer to transportation. The Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner even managed to avoid… Read More


Don’t Balkanize Automotive Safety

Don’t Balkanize Automotive Safety
by Roger C. Lanctot on 05-13-2018 at 7:00 am

The Wall Street Journal reported, last week, that auto makers are lining up on opposite sides of the talking cars debate. Some car makers – General Motors, Toyota and Volkswagen – are pushing Wi-Fi-based dedicated short range communication technology (DSRC) while others – Ford, Audi and BMW – are emphasizing 5G for the same application.… Read More


NVIDIA GTC 2018 Then There Were Three

NVIDIA GTC 2018 Then There Were Three
by Roger C. Lanctot on 04-08-2018 at 8:00 am

If there was a central takeaway to Nvidia’s GTC event last week in San Jose it was this: autonomous vehicles are already operating or at least testing in virtual every corner of the planet including companies such as Tier IV and ZMP in Japan, and Pony.ai and Baidu in China. But two U.S. companies standout globally for the growing… Read More


Uber’s Monkey in the Wrench

Uber’s Monkey in the Wrench
by Roger C. Lanctot on 03-23-2018 at 7:00 am

The news of a pedestrian fatality in Tempe, Ariz., resulting from the operation of an Uber autonomous vehicle has set off alarm bells throughout the AV development community. As always in such circumstances there will be a simultaneous rush to judgement and the immediate termination of all such testing, as well as a call for calm… Read More