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Posted by rlanctot @ 22/08/2014 13:16:00
So says Dick the Butcher in Shakespeare’s Henry the Sixth, Part 2. U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri might have been expressing similar sentiments when she incredulously inquired as to how GM Executive Vice President and Lead Counsel Michael Millikin and Lucy Clark Doughte... read more

Posted by rlanctot @ 20/08/2014 12:24:00
The U.S. Department of Transportation is seeking to mandate the installation of a device in cars for vehicle-to-vehicle communications. For some reason the agency fails to perceive that there is already a life-saving device in the car. That device is called a wireless phone. The wirele... read more

Posted by rlanctot @ 19/08/2014 15:24:00
Yesterday I said buh-bye to UBI car insurance. UBI is the acronym given by the insurance industry to the service based on a tracking device being installed in the insured driver’s car. It stands for usage-based insurance. I had been a State Farm customer for approximately 15 year... read more

Posted by rlanctot @ 18/08/2014 10:02:00
In the eyes of the car industry the only thing worse than telling car makers what kind of cars to build is telling dealers what kind of cars to sell. Both propositions smack of restraint of trade or even, dare I say it, socialism. So it was no surprise when a National Automobile Dealer... read more

Posted by rlanctot @ 12/08/2014 16:12:00
This is a follow-up to the original blog: So let me make sure I get this right. Hackers Charlie Miller, security engineer for Twitter, and Chris Valasek, (left) director of security intelligence at IOActive: 1) “Hacked” into ... read more

Posted by rlanctot @ 10/08/2014 16:31:00
J.D. Power waded into the swamp of automotive voice recognition technology last week at the Center for Automotive ... read more

Posted by rlanctot @ 09/08/2014 14:15:00
The Annual Traverse City Management Briefing Seminar quietly concluded this week without shedding any newsworthy l... read more

Posted by rlanctot @ 07/08/2014 16:22:00
I thought the Mercedes S Class was the most advanced car on the road, thanks in large part to its safety system portfolio and multiple expert reviews. Dan Carney has a different opinion on this subject. Consumers are definitely getting mixed messages from the insurance industry and the... read more

Posted by rlanctot @ 06/08/2014 13:11:00
Last December two hackers, Charlie Miller, security engineer for Twitter, and Chris Valasek, (left, bottom) director of security intelligence at IOActive, tried their hand at standup comedy with the unlikely topic of automotive security. Like Comedy Central’s Key & Peele (left, top) the... read more

Posted by rlanctot @ 04/08/2014 16:26:00
FM radio is locked in the car. And the wireless industry holds the key. The once-ubiquitous FM radio is today primarily enjoyed in the car, where a growing variety of audio consumption occurs. But stored and streamed content on mobile devices is steadily marginalizing the broadcast por... read more

Posted by rlanctot @ 31/07/2014 22:04:00
Given the relatively high cost of electric vehicles relative to conventional internal combustion cars, car makers are constantly looking for ways to enhance the attractiveness of this privileged purchase. BMW is the first car maker to take the novel approach of creating a usage-based insurance pr... read more

Posted by rlanctot @ 25/07/2014 18:30:00
Everyone tells me usage-based insurance (UBI) – car insurance based on your driving behavior – is already a huge market, rapidly growing, taking the industry by storm… take your pick. I am not buying it, although I am using it. I participate in State Farm’s Driv... read more

Posted by rlanctot @ 24/07/2014 16:08:00
Ford’s Mark Fields started 2014 with the announcement of aluminum-bodied F-150s and, following his appointment as CEO, has doubled down on th... read more

Posted by rlanctot @ 23/07/2014 15:57:00
"So I think we are making some really good progress on the autopilot side, and I am confident that in less than a year you will be able to go from highway on ramps to highway exits without touching any controls." - Elon Musk, CEO, Tesla Motors Consumers are clearly ambival... read more

Posted by rlanctot @ 21/07/2014 17:07:00
There is a spooky statistical confluence in the U.S. between highway fatalities and deaths resulting from gun violence (homicides and suicides, combined). Both figures hover around 30,000, or about 100/day. And just as the world is treated to the U.S.’s perennial debate over the ... read more

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