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How V2X will affect the future of automobiles

Posted on Dec 6, 2018 in Cars, Perspective, Technology

“Can you hear me now?” I think many of us can remember Verizon’s well-known advertising campaign from a few years ago. While communication...

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Driverless future a long way off

Posted on Dec 5, 2018 in Cars, Perspective

“Without drivers to pay, to carry, or to protect, autonomous vehicles will be much less expensive to produce than conventional delivery...

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Riding in Waymo One, the Google spinoff’s first self-driving taxi service

Posted on Dec 5, 2018 in Cars, Perspective, Technology

Waymo, the self-driving subsidiary of Alphabet, launched its first commercial autonomous ride-hailing service here in the Phoenix suburbs...

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Waymo’s service launch highlights its lead — and how much farther it has to go

Posted on Dec 5, 2018 in Cars, Perspective

There’s a decent amount of fine print attached to Waymo’s launch of a commercial self-driving service in Phoenix, and little...

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Journey: the picture history of the driverless car

Posted on Dec 4, 2018 in Cars, Perspective

For nearly 100 years, researchers have chased the same goals....

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Why autonomous vehicles won’t reduce our dependence on cars in cities

Posted on Dec 4, 2018 in Cars, Perspective

The technology of autonomous vehicles (AVs) is progressing rapidly, but have we really thought through how they’ll work in reality?...

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The pitch: Survive the autonomous era

Posted on Dec 3, 2018 in Cars, Perspective

Auto industry analysts from Bob Lutz to the consulting firm McKinsey foresee a decline in private auto sales in the approaching autonomous...

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Slow & steady: A case for driverless shuttles

Posted on Dec 3, 2018 in Buses, Perspective

As I’ve engaged in conversations about autonomous vehicles – and not just with engineers and industry experts, but with everyday citizens...

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The marketing fallout of autonomous vehicles

Posted on Dec 3, 2018 in Cars, Perspective

Auto industry analysts from Bob Lutz to the consulting firm McKinsey foresee a decline in private auto sales in the approaching autonomous...

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Where is demand for autonomous?

Posted on Dec 3, 2018 in Cars, Perspective

TO THE EDITOR: Being in automotive sales, I spend much of my day discussing the future of the industry, not with outside experts or...

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Autonomous vehicles will completely change how we shop

Posted on Dec 2, 2018 in Cars, Perspective, Trucks

Since 2015, there have been at least 57 major retail bankruptcies. And after more than 5,000 store closures in 2017, we are on track to...

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The dawn of self-driving companies

Posted on Dec 1, 2018 in Cars, Perspective

If you’ve already imagined how profoundly self-driving vehicles will change our lives, think of what self-driving companies could do. I’m...

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Why self-driving vehicles need a crystal ball

Posted on Dec 1, 2018 in Cars, Perspective

A pedestrian stands along a street with one foot on the curb and the other in the crosswalk. A bicyclist lifts a foot off the ground and...

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How autonomous cars will reshape our world

Posted on Nov 30, 2018 in Cars, Perspective

Nobody, not even transportation experts like me, had an inkling that ride-on-demand services like Uber would change our travel habits so...

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Why General Motors shifted gears in its manufacturing strategy

Posted on Nov 30, 2018 in Cars, Knowledge Center, Perspective, Videos & Podcasts

The decision earlier this week by General Motors to close five plants in North America, lay off some 14,000 workers, and retire six of its...

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Is it working? How testing and good data can enable autonomous innovation

Posted on Nov 29, 2018 in Cars, Perspective, Technology

Innovation is the key to progress, but true innovation means tackling new challenges. When you’re breaking new ground, there are...

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Can driverless cars scale into industrial-strength businesses? (Part 2 Of 3)

Posted on Nov 27, 2018 in Cars, Perspective

Will driverless cars (AVs, for Autonomous Vehicles) live up to the revolutionary potential imagined by many, including me? In part one of...

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Can driverless cars gain market acceptance? (Part 3 Of 3)

Posted on Nov 27, 2018 in Cars, Perspective

Successful industrialization of driverless cars will depend on getting over many significant hurdles. Failure only requires getting...

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15 hurdles to the industrialization of driverless cars (Part 1 Of 3)

Posted on Nov 27, 2018 in Cars, Perspective

Will the future of driverless cars rhyme with the history of the Segway? The Segway personal transporter was also predicted to...

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Driverless cars will need cities covered in sensors, China’s Didi Chuxing says

Posted on Nov 27, 2018 in Cars, Perspective

Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing wants to become one of the front-runners in developing self-driving cars, the company’s...

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