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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

Posted by rlanctot @ 29/10/2014 09:03:00
Every industry needs a report card and every research organization wants to be that performance reference. The automotive industry has many report cards – with J.D. Power being the most notable. But the most onerous one is supplied by Consumer Reports. I used to think that automo... read more

Posted by rlanctot @ 24/10/2014 23:01:00
I’ve just come from the site of the 15th Western China International Fair in Chengdu and the booth of the Telematics Industry Application Alliance (TIAA) which featured more than a half dozen demonstrations of every imaginable configuration of eCall. ECall is what Europe has dubbed the auto... read more

Posted by rlanctot @ 21/10/2014 22:14:00
Could wireless carriers take over the broadcast of radio content removing this vital source of content and information delivery from the free airways? This concept was implanted into my brain as the result of a presentation given by a Swedish broadcaster who was intending to make the point th... read more

Posted by rlanctot @ 14/10/2014 01:28:00
Google is quietly calling the tune in automotive technology development. I see it every day. Two companies have found success recently in bringing advanced vehicle technologies to the market on two very different trajectories. One, Quanergy, recently made public its relationship with Daiml... read more

Posted by rlanctot @ 11/10/2014 10:07:00
Interview after interview, press briefing after press briefing, quote after quote, Mary Barra, GM’s CEO, neglects to mention the single asset at GM that held the greatest interest of potential investors or acquirers in the darkest days of GM’s bankruptcy: OnStar. Speaking years ago wi... read more

Posted by rlanctot @ 09/10/2014 06:57:00
The following commentary was prepared by Stefan Engels, a German attorney and automotive industry consultant with previous senior executive experience at dbh logistics IT AG, Intermap Technologies, PTV AG, Motorola Solutions, Deutsche Telekom and DaimlerChrysler Services. (I edited Stefan's c... read more

Posted by rlanctot @ 23/09/2014 14:38:00
With its $1B acquisition of Waze last year Google served notice that it understood the importance of crowd-sourced data to navigation and the connected... read more

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