The Fate of Autonomous

The Fate of Autonomous
by Roger C. Lanctot on 04-09-2017 at 7:00 am

The latest installment in the “Fast and Furious” franchise will debut bringing the concept of remote control of cars into the mainstream. Suffice it to say that remote control plays a major role in the script.

This will only be the latest chapter of a long-running effort to demonize autonomous vehicle technology inRead More


Apple Car Crumble

Apple Car Crumble
by Roger C. Lanctot on 10-21-2016 at 7:00 am

Software, mechanical and electrical engineers working for auto makers received a huge self-esteem injection this week as events unfolding at Apple suggested that the company had abandoned long-rumored plans for building a car. Considering the fact that Apple still hasn’t delivered a decent navigation app with traffic services,… Read More


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


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


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

The 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 Pinsent Masons,… Read More


Hyperloop: Faster Than the Shinkansen

Hyperloop: Faster Than the Shinkansen
by Daniel Payne on 12-17-2015 at 4:00 pm

In 1987 I made my first trip to Japan for business, then rode in my first high-speed train on the fabled Shinkansen (aka bullet train) traveling up to 200 mph on the way from Tokyo to Kyoto. Compared to the USA, our engineering friends in Japan have the most futuristic high-speed trains in the world. Today there’ s talk about another… Read More