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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

Posted by rlanctot @ 17/09/2014 15:17:00
There is a maxim in the publicity business that it doesn’t matter what anyone says about you as long as they spell your name right. In other words, all publicity is good publicity. There is good reason to believe that maxim when, for example, GM sets sales records in spite of record-set... read more

Posted by rlanctot @ 13/09/2014 10:06:00
Nearly a year after its much-touted IPO failed to launch, INRIX has announced that the Porsche family, majority shareholders for Volkswagen AG, are investing $55M for a 10% stake – putting INRIX’s market value at approximately $550M. That value is about half the purported $1B valu... read more

Posted by rlanctot @ 08/09/2014 14:03:00
Governments around the world are increasingly obsessed with mandating hardware devices to be built into or attached to cars. If this keeps up, cars are going to start looking like barnacled old whales. Devices add cost and weight... read more

Posted by rlanctot @ 04/09/2014 15:43:00
When companies spend millions of dollars on advertising you assume that they know what they are doing. But I can honestly say that Progressive has lost the thread when it comes to promoting its SnapShot usage-based insurance program on TV. The SnapShot ads, such as the “peer pres... read more

Posted by rlanctot @ 27/08/2014 20:43:00
News that GM was “deleting” (in industry jargon) HD Radio from the 2015 Impala had radio industry executives concocting a variety of conspi... read more

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: http://tinyurl.com/mhk5upj 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

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