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Indoor Location Technology in 2017 - 01/24/2017

For years I've been writing sentences like "this will be the year that indoor location will explode into the market." I, and many others, have been expecting indoor location technology to enable the huge range of location-enabled apps, which...

HARMAN & AT&T’s Connected Car Partnership: Modularity to Answer Future Needs of Connected Cars - 09/09/2016

The future of the automotive ecosystem is heading toward the integration of multiple domains, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), connected vehicles, autonomous vehicles, and V2X communication. The integration and shift in focus will make...

Organic to Inorganic Growth: Autonomous Driving Forcing Industry Players to Look Outside the Box - 09/16/2016

Changing consumer buying patterns and regulatory reforms aside, the single biggest trend that is impacting the way the automotive industry is evolving is the tech-invasion into an otherwise slow innovating sector. This impact is compounded when the...

Uber Buying 100,000 Mercedes S Class? Bullshit! - 03/25/2016

Last week German monthly business paper Manager Magazin made the headline of the worldwide press with a story about ride-hailing company Uber buying more than 100,000 Mercedes S Class with semi-autonomous driving features. So-called “sources“ inside...

“It’s not just about technology, dude!” - The human ingredients to make autonomous cars successful - 03/22/2016

The excitement about the automated car – aka autonomous aka self-driving car – is unstoppable. While few years ago only some industry insiders and nerds discussed about automated systems that will be part of our urban traffic tomorrow, it has now...

Geneva Show: Green Cars, Line-up Proliferation & Interactivity - 03/09/2016

With over 110 years of showcasing the pinnacle of European automotive industry’s pride and galore, the Geneva Motor Show has in the past been centre stage for unveiling of many iconic models like the Jaguar E-Type, the Audi Quattro and many more....

Usage-Based Insurance: Is it a Bubble? - 07/14/2015

There is a consensus in the market that despite all promises and forecasts, UBI has not become mainstream, and it is still in its infancy. Therefore, it is about the right time to stop the race for a moment and examine whether insurance telematics...

Apple Car: a Fantasy Hurt by a Financial Reality - 02/17/2015

There has been another rumor last week about a possible “Apple Car“ spread by the Financial Times and Wall Street Journal. First I guess we could expect higher journalism standards from these two highly regarded media. Let’s be clear: the...

Google's UriBeacon: More Disruptive than iBeacon? - 02/18/2015

In October 2014 Google created UriBeacon, an open specification to connect Bluetooth Low power beacons to the web, an experiment they called the Physical Web. UriBeacon could well be bigger than iBeacon in its disruptive role, providing a bridge...

OBD Dongles: The Next Big Consumer Electronics Market? - 01/27/2015

There is a lot of discussion about OBD dongles these days: do they create issues to the car (warranty, liability)? do they suck battery life? what kind of data do they really provide? etc… All of that is interesting but frankly the whole opportunity...

The Beacosystem Technology Stack – We Have Liftoff - 01/21/2015

In 2014 the Bluetooth beacon ecosystem has evolved and grown substantially. It promises explosive growth over the next five years. We can now apply some structure to understand the mass of new companies that are competing to win a race to bridge the...

Auto Industry Surrenders Dashboard to Google - 06/30/2014

In announcing last week the names of 25 car makers who joined its Open Automotive Alliance (OAA) Google marked a milestone in the auto industry. This is clearly a huge, strategic mistake for these automotive companies who are hindering long term value for short term benefit.

Today many commentators are understanding Android Auto as a direct answer to Apple’s CarPlay. Surely it is, but this is anecdotical compared to the big picture. Here is why.
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