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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...

Betting on Mobileye – Safe till 2020

If you are an automotive analyst tracking the ADAS/Automation market, then am sure you have been pounded with this question – how sustainable is Mobileye’s mono-camera based SoC’s. I have personally talked to several financial firms that want to know more about what makes this company special and how they fit into the growing ADAS and L2/L3 automat...

Auto App Stores – Aftermarket is Winning this Game

Back in 2010 when Ford introduced the concept of smartphone tethered apps everyone believed that the connected aka smartphone on wheels has found its new winning feature to attract younger buyers. Truth be told that concept largely went nowhere despite many attempts from other OEMs to imitate, buy startups (Harman Aha) and even hire developers to b...

TomTom and Shell Collaborate for Integrated Telematics Services and Fuel Card Management

TomTom Telematics, one of the telematics giants across the globe and the biggest in Europe in terms of subscription base, partners with Shell, one of the world’s leading Oil and Gas companies to jointly promote telematics services in the European region. TomTom Telematics will be able to offer a combined solution for the monitoring and reporting o...

IOT & Automotive Industry - Think Uber for Used Car Retailing

You know that a company or a product is doing something right when they are in the headlines almost all the time. Apple, Google, Tesla and these days the automotive industry features in that constant limelight category. Of course am separating out the corporate maleficence, hacking allegations and other negatives in what is otherwise an industry ri...

Autopilot but not Autonomous Yet – Tesla Sticks to the Basics!

Yesterday marked the official rollout of update 7.0 from Tesla that allows Model S and Model X (the lucky ones) vehicles purchased after October 2014 to get the autosteer including automatic lane change and auto parallel parking features. The update is available now and can take up to 2 hours to download and install. To clarify at this point, by SA...

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