Uber is a Cancer!

Uber is a Cancer!
by Roger C. Lanctot on 09-10-2017 at 12:00 pm

Image RemovedUber’s marketing and public relations afterburners are running at full blast with a new CEO, new driver rules and promises to make amends and “turn the company around” – whatever that means. If Uber is sincere about making changes it may find itself at war with its own nature.

Uber is a liar and a thief.Read More


Autonomous Vehicles: Tesla, Uber, Lyft, BMW, Intel and Mentor Graphics

Autonomous Vehicles: Tesla, Uber, Lyft, BMW, Intel and Mentor Graphics
by Daniel Payne on 04-19-2017 at 12:00 pm

I read at least one hour of news every day to keep informed, and I’ve read so many stories about autonomous vehicles that the same, familiar company names continue to dominate the thought leadership. What really caught my attention this month was an announcement about autonomous vehicle technology coming from Mentor GraphicsRead More


The Driver in the Driverless Car

The Driver in the Driverless Car
by Vivek Wadhwa on 04-09-2017 at 8:00 am

Image RemovedWhat is the likelihood that the people building Uber’s self-driving technologies did not know that their software was highly imperfect and could endanger lives if the cars were let loose on public streets? Or that employees of Theranos did not know that their equipment would produce inaccurate diagnostics?

San Read More


California Rules the Road

California Rules the Road
by Roger C. Lanctot on 01-16-2017 at 7:00 am

Image RemovedCalifornia’s influence on the global automotive industry remains intact at the start of 2017 in spite of the state’s strict licensing for autonomous vehicle testing on public roads. California managed to chase Uber away with that licensing requirement, but in the process the state has established… Read More


Tesla’s (and Uber’s) Teflon to be Tested in 2017

Tesla’s (and Uber’s) Teflon to be Tested in 2017
by Roger C. Lanctot on 01-06-2017 at 7:00 am

Image RemovedFor the past two years the impression has been spreading that Tesla Motors can do no wrong. (I can’t really say the same for Uber after the recent San Francisco licensing debacle.) There is no question that Tesla’s legal department is growing by the month as fights persist over opening stores and forestalling… Read More


Asimo Creator Talks to Waymo

Asimo Creator Talks to Waymo
by Roger C. Lanctot on 12-25-2016 at 12:00 pm

It’s been 16 years since the debut of Honda’s Asimo robot. By now, millions of people around the world have seen Asimo and its offspring at trade shows and on television. The robot is still capable of drawing a crowd wherever it is found especially since it is not only capable of walking and running but also of recognizing… Read More


Car Companies Should Steer Clear of Uber’s Red Ocean

Car Companies Should Steer Clear of Uber’s Red Ocean
by Roger C. Lanctot on 11-30-2016 at 7:00 am

Image RemovedIt is no secret that Uber drivers struggle to make a living driving for Uber. The most popular guidance for Uber drivers is to use the service to supplement existing income, not as a full-time job. But Uber is transforming transportation with billions of dollars of investment, billions of dollars in fares and billions… Read More


Uber: From Ride Hail to Blackmail

Uber: From Ride Hail to Blackmail
by Roger C. Lanctot on 11-24-2016 at 12:00 pm

Image RemovedThe U.S. State of Maryland is in the midst of a confrontation with Uber over fingerprints. Maryland wants Uber (and Lyft) to collect the fingerprints of its drivers as part of its background check process. Uber does not want to do so and is threatening to leave the state.

In the run up to a Maryland Public Service Commission… Read More


Ford Seeks Own Path to Car Sharing and IoT

Ford Seeks Own Path to Car Sharing and IoT
by Roger C. Lanctot on 11-10-2016 at 4:00 pm

Image RemovedIt’s hard to be a thought leader around the future of transportation when the entire market seems to be moving in one of three directions simultaneously: either ride hailing (Uber, Lyft), car sharing (Zipcar, Car2go) or automated driving (Google, Tesla). If you’re Ford Motor Company and you care about whether you… Read More


‘Que Legal,’ Uber é Legal

‘Que Legal,’ Uber é Legal
by Roger C. Lanctot on 10-11-2016 at 12:00 pm

Image RemovedUber went live in Florianopolis on September 30, a week before my wife and I arrived for some down time. But rumors suggested that the service was shuttered almost as soon as it started with a couple of drivers detained and their vehicles impounded. The word was spreading that the service was considered illegal.

As fate… Read More