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Post-Earth Day Resolution: Start Charging For the Environment

Economists point out that “there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch (TANSTAAFL). That goods are scarce; as more of them are consumed there will be less available. And that prices rise when supply shrinks. But the logic of TANSTAAFL, and supply and demand, are mistakenly not being applied to life-sustaining environmental goods: air, water, open sp...

In the Rush to Stay Ahead of the Curve, Some Automotive OEMs Tend to Bite More than They Can Chew

London, UK – 20th April, 2015 – According to a survey by What Car? and Warranty Direct Japanese cars are the most reliable, while German premium brands can be found at the bottom of the list. Nevertheless, German OEMs, especially Audi, BMW and Mercedes Benz, the top three premium OEMs, want to be the front-runners in providing state of the art inno...

Daimler Enters Russia Amid Falling Light Vehicle Sales

Daimler AG’s consideration to start a manufacturing plant in Russia for producing S, E, GL, ML and A class models has not come as a surprise for industry experts. Mercedes-Benz was the leading brand in terms of sales volumes in Russia in 2014 compared to other premium brands in the market. Sanctions imposed on Russia, economic slow-down, and a neg...

Ford is turning to Redmond for Updating Cars Wirelessly

After Ford turned to QNX for its SYNC 3 system choosing to license the much cheaper market leader compared to Microsoft, there were speculations of rift between the 2 giants. But the recent announcement of Ford using the Azure cloud platform from Microsoft to empower it’s over the air update platform is a clear signal that unlike Google and Apple, ...

Technology Innovation with Value Selling– Forte of Non-Auto Giants?

I am falling prey to this as well – hyping the Apple and Google’s of the world in the car industry. Even though the theme is repetitive, it generates immense curiosity when companies that in total is valued over trillion dollars and make several hundred billions turn on a sharp focus on what is supposed to be an extremely regulated and margin crunc...

Carplay, Possible EV, Battery Technology, Smart Key, what Next?

I guess over the last few weeks Apple would have set a world record on the most number of industry analyst’s blogs, point of views and what not. Two other companies who created similar waves on point of views were Mobileye when the company went public and Google and all the hype around its automated car and infotainment plans. And even today the co...

Harman’s Software Acquisition Spree –Looking for a Makeover in the Connected Infotainment Space

Firstly let’s get one thing straight – Harman’s biggest lovers are the Germans and the starting point there is the company’s premium audio line up. For many of the OEM contracts Harman procures, the starting point is always the branded audio line up. But over the years the company has done several things that indicate that they want to play a bigge...

The Stepped-Up Need to Immediately Uncover and Address Technology Risks

Safety and security have always been the afterthoughts of almost every technology innovation and deployment. As a result, innocent, and sometimes not-so innocent people, become injured or killed while operations are crippled when the “bad things” inevitably happen. Sadly, managements too often respond with denials, excuses, coverups, blamesmanship...

When you get hacked, you’re probably going to deserve it

                Every other week, some major corporation or government agency seems to be getting hacked. We beat our brows over the loss of personal data, and wail about those dastardly hackers and how could they do such a thing?!; then go log onto Netflix with the password “password”. Because how could I possibly be expected to remember anything ...

Conquering the Telematics World – Will Aftermarket Beat the OEMs in this Game with a Better Value Proposition?

This week’s NAIAS 2015 saw the unveiling of the Verizon vehicle, an OBDII connected telematics and diagnostics service. This product joins a long list of OBDII aftermarket solutions ranging from Automatic to Zubie to Mavia to Metromile to Delphi to Audiovoxx that have been unveiled over the last 1.5 years with many still doing their soul searching ...

CES 2015 Connected Car Roundup 1 - Gizmo but Interesting!

These last few years CES has been as much a car show as it’s been about 4K TV’s and wearables and I use to think it’s all a mere hype. After all how can you compete with a TV maker that’s showcased an 8k resolution TV and heck even called it beyond 4K Ultra HD TV? But despite that and the general booths of these OEMs and suppliers being much smalle...

What’s in Store for the Connected Car in 2015 – Hopefully not just another Apple/Google Year!

2014 would definitely be tagged as the Apple and Google year for the connected car. But besides these 2 giants and their not-so giant plans for the connected car market, there were several other notable trends that Frost & Sullivan believes will shape the future of this market especially from a revenue standpoint. Frost & Sullivan expects the conne...

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