Tag Archives: self-driving cars

Why I’m Not Ready To Be A Passenger In A Self-Driving Car

My favorite coffee is roasted in small batches by Kus Beham and sold under the brand Giacobean. I’ve visited his facility in Yonkers. He keeps bags of raw beans in burlap bags in plain view, and he can tell you where they come from and how he roasts them to develop their trademark nutty flavor. […]

Tesla’s Autopilot Steers Company Into Legal, Financial Peril

I think Tesla is in trouble. The company has permitted market confusion about what its Autopilot feature can and cannot do. Following the death of a Tesla owner who perished when his car crashed while in Autopilot mode, this confusion gives lawyers the grist they need to take Tesla to the cleaners. It’s not hard to […]

Five Enablers Begging For Entrepreneurial Innovation To Unlock An All-Electric, Self-Driving Automotive Future

As the auto industry finds itself evolving at a clip not seen in decades, entrepreneurs and experts need to look beyond engineering and mechanics to drive real change. The future to which many in this industry aspire will depend just as much on innovation in the key enablers that make the business tick. That future […]

What Ford Motor Co. Needs To Avoid Nokia’s Fate

Last week, The Wall Street Journal reported that Ford and Alphabet Inc. (nee Google) are in talks to partner on the production of self-driving cars. Ford CEO Mark Shields is said to be concerned that his company must not become the automotive version of Nokia, a hardware giant that failed to adapt as smartphones and […]

Why Cars Won’t Become The Next Hot Technology Play

From the moment I received my driver’s license until I went away to college, I drove a new car every three months. That included everything from compacts to luxury models. I recall cruising in a brand-new 1990 Mercedes 500 SL convertible one Saturday. The traffic had cars in both directions inching along. A guy in a Ferrari ragtop, moving slowly enough […]

“Apple Motors Inc.” Isn’t Such A Pipe Dream

These days, it’s easy to forget that one of Apple’s first forays into smartphones involved a 2004 partnership with Motorola to bring iTunes to certain Moto phones. That arrangement didn’t last – and remains unimaginable today – because it runs counter to Apple’s core philosophy, which is to own the hardware and the software experience. That’s what […]