16th May 2016

Weekly Brief: Apple invests $1Bn in Uber’s Chinese rival

Apple is in. Those three words sent shock waves reverberating around the automotive world as news spread that the tech giant had invested $1Bn (£696M) in Didi Chuxing, the largest...


13th May 2016

How time marches on for the driverless car – Part I

The driverless car is only five-to-ten-years away. The technology is already here. Numerous driverless test vehicles have clocked hundreds of thousands of miles on the nation's highways and roads....


8th April 2016

Carmakers waking up to other ways of making cars pay – Part II

Continued from Part I Car-sharing Just as ride-sharing was predated by taxicabs, car-sharing's predecessors are car rental firms like Hertz, Avis, and Alamo. These are large companies with giant...


1st April 2016

Carmakers waking up to other ways of making cars pay – Part I

With the Millennial generation just now moving into their prime earning years, they are beginning to demonstrate how different they are from Generation X and the Baby Boomers. Already...


29th March 2016

Weekly Brief: Connected tech reigns supreme at 2016 New York Auto Show

The car may still be king at the New York Auto Show but “mobility service” was the buzzword this year in the exhibition halls and keynote addresses. CEO of...


21st March 2016

Weekly Brief: Carmakers pledge to make AEB standard by 2022

Safety organisations claim that automatic emergency brakes (AEB) would save an estimated 10,000 lives a year in the US if they were standard across all new cars. That’s nearly...


14th March 2016

Weekly Brief: GM pays more than $1Bn for start-up Cruise Automation

Most New Year’s resolutions make it a day or two. A few last a month. Even fewer reach Spring. Congratulations to General Motors (GM), then, which set out to...


11th March 2016

Insurance for an ‘Uber’ world

In November of 2014, the San Francisco Chronicle published quotes from leaked Geico internal documents encouraging insurance agents to refer policy holders who drove for Uber or Lyft to...


8th February 2016

Weekly Brief: Tesla ‘trailer’ plan to boost EV range

“I’m thinking about it,” said Elon Musk who faces possibly the toughest automotive challenge so far – to make trailer towing look cool! The pathfinding CEO behind Tesla Motors...


1st February 2016

Weekly Brief: GM caps month of innovation by creating dedicated self-driving car team

Well this is getting repetitive. Another week, another headline-grabber from General Motors (GM) on the connected car front. The latest: the automaker has created a self-driving car unit dedicated...


25th January 2016

Weekly Brief: GM full steam ahead with ridesharing, while insurers get the autonomous shakes

Uber who? Google what? If General Motors (GM) is supposed to be intimidated by the tech giants of the autonomous driving and ridesharing space, the carmaker certainly isn’t showing it....


11th January 2016

Weekly Brief: GM caps banner week at CES with $500M investment in Lyft

Big auto news happened even before CES took off when Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) announced its open source start-up programme at TU-Automotive’s Consumer Telematics Show (CTS) last week. JLR’s...