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Fractional Car Ownership – Still not quite the Airbnb Model

All of us would have seen that golden graphic that shows how Facebook, Uber and Airbnb have created billion dollar enterprises without owning any hard assets. The last few years has witnessed this thought creeping into the automotive space especially on two areas – short and long term ownership/usage models. One interesting announcement around this...

Live Updates from CES Day 2 – Automated Driving is Still the Hot Pursuit

The day ended for the automotive enthusiasts and analysts with the new VW CEO starting off its press conference with a long drawn out apology for the diesel mess and the measures the brand is taking to rectify it in Europe and US. Long story short, it was a good idea to get to it straight away before unveiling what VW actually brought to the show. ...

NVIDIA and Faraday Future Press Unveil – CES 2016

6 PM Pacific and 8 PM Pacific on the 4th of Jan were supposed to be really important moments for the automotive industry. The first one was NVIDIA one of the fastest growing technology vendors for the automotive industry specifically in the ADAS and automated driving market unveiling its new product and the latter was the startup Faraday Future or ...

CES Day 1 - Apple, Google and even Neflixing in Cars

Just arrived in a rather pleasant Vegas and the press releases and product demonstration announcements have started flowing in. Whilst there is a lot of Samsung, Acer and Asus on the first day announcements, automakers are not to be left behind. The first day so far includes Ford, FCA, Toyota and Volvo making a few interesting announcements. Two pr...

Pre CES Highlight

Crowdsourced Maps - Toyota getting into the Race One of the hottest areas of development when it comes to automated driving is developing cm level accurate maps. Unlike conventional GPS maps these custom built maps for automated driving and warnings collects a lot more data about the vehicle surroundings and most importantly strives to keep the da...

Regulations, Testing, Partnerships and the Hype around Autonomous Cars

First things first – Google or Alphabet has always maintained that its focus on self-driving cars where the driver has no direct involvement with the task of driving is to eliminate the human error from driving and thereby decrease accidents and fatalities. Conventional automakers on the other hand have voiced out the opinion that automated driving...

CES 2016 Automotive Expectations - Showcases are Expected to be Consistent with Themes Explored in 2015

Wearables, Drones, Ultra HD 4K TV’s, IOT solutions, apps and most importantly automotive showcases by over nine major vehicle manufacturers and more than 100 technology companies, a number that is 25% more in terms of sheer exhibits related to the automotive technologies, as per CTA president and CEO Gary Shapiro. This is the state of what started ...

Apple and Google and the Infotainment/Dashboard Space

This morning’s article on WSJ had a powerful headline –Automakers losing control for dashboard apps. Read the full article here - http://www.wsj.com/articles/auto-makers-losing-battle-for-dashboard-apps-1449713771 Let me cut to the chase directly. Yes there are several interesting pieces in there and few areas that are contrary to what we are actu...

An Interesting Automotive Mapping & Location Experiment

The team at HERE was kind enough to set up a briefing yesterday for me and my team to announce the conclusion of the acquisition and the future roadmap for the company. The acquisition that got all the necessary regulatory approvals has now been successfully concluded ahead of the anticipated timeline. The one major highlight in this entire equatio...

The Paris climate talks don’t matter

The Paris climate talks are in progress, with President Obama and 150 other world leaders hashing out their commitments to a sustainable energy future. As this highest-of-high profile meeting occurs, speculations on implications to the global economy come thick and fast, to which I propose to add my two cents. It doesn’t matter what political lead...

The Slow Death of a Giant

Another blockbuster merger for the history books; Pfizer and Allergan will combine in the third largest takeover in history, a deal worth ~$160 billion. With combined annual revenue of $64 billion and market leading brands like Botox, Lyrica, and Viagara coming together under the same roof, this seems like a slam dunk. But my advice, to those of yo...

Future of IT in the Automotive Industry

When we talk about IT in the automotive industry, we fall into the trap (much like the confusion with how Asian OEMs define vehicle IT) of talking about the connected car alone. The bigger trend here that we are trying to uncover through our newly launched research program titled “Automotive IT” is how this concept of digitization (connected, multi...

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