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Posted by rlanctot @ 21/12/2014 09:57:00
One of the biggest highlights of the upcoming CES show in Las Vegas, put on by the Consumer Electronics Association the first week in January, will be the focus on the Internet of Things. While most journalists and attendees will focus on the morphing of televisions... read more

Posted by rlanctot @ 19/12/2014 21:59:00
The Google-in-the-car rumors are swirling again in advance of CES, the big consumer electronics show held the first week of January in Las Vegas. Of course, rather than being a big coming out party for Google’s automotive initiatives, CES will highlight how fa... read more

Posted by rlanctot @ 17/12/2014 14:53:00
One of these days Microsoft will simply own up to the fact that it does not get cars. The company simply doesn’t understand the automotive industry. Never has. Never will. So even when the company has some success it is somehow overlooked – as in the case... read more

Posted by rlanctot @ 12/12/2014 03:23:00
If there's somethin' strange in your neighborhoodWho ya gonna call (ghostbusters)If it's somethin' weird an it won't look goodWho ya gonna call (ghostbusters)- “Ghostbusters” theme song... read more

Posted by rlanctot @ 09/12/2014 20:15:00
It’s the 73rd anniversary of Japan's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and as good a time as any to note that China is seeing an annual slaughter of civilians on its highway on a scale equivalent to the casualties suffered by the U.S. during all of World War II.... read more

Posted by rlanctot @ 03/12/2014 21:39:00
I despise the eCall mandate promulgated by the European Union. I hate this decade-old legislative effort primarily because it requires the use of old technology both in new cars and retrofitted into public service access points – the fire departments and local... read more

Posted by kli @ 02/12/2014 16:22:00
January 2014: Tencent bought a navigation and mapping company named 'Linktechnavi' in total 60 million RMB in January, 2014, later on, in May, 2014, Tencent bought 11.28% shares of Navinfo in total 1.173 billion RMB. ... read more

Posted by rlanctot @ 28/11/2014 13:04:00
I published a blog about a week ago ( - Apple Needs to Buy TomTom Now) suggesting that Apple ought to finally buy TomTom. Apple has been using TomTom map data to prop up its in-house navigation offering and I was suggesting that an acquisit... read more

Posted by rlanctot @ 23/11/2014 16:46:00
It’s the fourth quarter of the year and time, again, to consider the possibility of an acquisition of TomTom by Apple. This annual Q4 speculation was missing, for the first time, last year, but much has changed in the past 12 months. Apple’s strong... read more

Posted by rlanctot @ 21/11/2014 16:36:00
Volvo’s vision of vehicle safety remains something of a lonely voice in the industry. The company is the only car maker pledging as a goal that “no one is killed or injured in a Volvo by 2020.” That lonely voice cried out at the L.A. Auto Sho... read more

Posted by rlanctot @ 16/11/2014 11:24:00
In the era of de-contenting cars we expect to see side-mounted rearview mirrors and door handles go away along with keyfobs, standard transmissions and internal combustion engines. Okay maybe losing the internal combustion engine will take a little more time, but then s... read more

Posted by rlanctot @ 08/11/2014 12:00:00
Day after day goes by with no resolution to the current auto recall crisis gripping the U.S. The number of fatalities attributed to GM’s ignition switch recall continues to rise even as the company acknowledges the fact that approximately 1M cars remain on the road with open recalls. ... read more

Posted by rlanctot @ 07/11/2014 01:39:00
The Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate in this week’s mid-term elections throws into doubt the prospect of the Obama administration making any progress on protecting the use of the 5.9GHz band for vehicle-to-vehicle communications, as requested by the ITS community and... read more

Posted by rlanctot @ 04/11/2014 23:48:00
The terrestrial radio industry globally has plausible deniability on its side. Broadcasters are losing listeners slowly enough that they can continue to claim credible and dominant reach among key demographic segments throughout the world. But the inexorable advance of listening alterna... read more

Posted by rlanctot @ 03/11/2014 09:49:00
Automotive News reports today that Volkswagen Group and Mercedes-Benz are calling on fellow automakers to establish separate platforms for data on vehicle use to avoid handing over sensitive customer information to Google. The report ( - "Mercedes, VW to put b... read more

Posted by rlanctot @ 31/10/2014 08:02:00
Experian Automotive put out a news item in time for Halloween noting the emergence of a class of cars it has dubbed “zombies” for the fact that some 14.7M of these vehicles on U.S. roads sport the name plates of defunct brands. According to the Experian report, 32.1% of zombie cars... read more

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