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There was a lot of hype surrounding electric vehicles when they first hit the market for consumers. Supporters saw electric vehicles as a key solution for battling gas prices and making a positive impact on the environment. Over the years, several countries throughout the world have incentivized the purchase of electric vehicles through subsidies available to both the car makers and the buyers. However, as we roll into 2017, sales are short of expectations in the U.S. Currently, we’re seeing only about 400,000 electric vehicles on the road. In President Obama’s First term, he said that he believed the U.S. could have one million electric vehicles on the road by 2015. When January 2016 hit, the estimate was looking like it could take up to another four years to accomplish the goal – especially with continuing low gas prices and troubled electric vehicle battery tech... (more)

Driving in the Cloud

Victor Cruz has actually touched on a few interesting points in his article “Safe Driving in the Cloud: A Black Box for Cars”. The fact is that car companies have lately shifted their focus towards increasing security for passengers and drivers altogether and that is why they came up with the idea of introducing a black box for cars. This might be a bit strange as many people have said, but the reasons to why they came to this decision are actually very solid. For instance, when an aircraft crashes, investigators will eventually be able to retrieve the data that was recorded during flight and analyze what actually went wrong. It’s a measure that has helped with designing safer airplanes and as a result, save people’s lives. Now, getting back to the black box itself, the box is not actually black. It will only be black after the investigators retrieve it from the char... (more)

Catalunya GP -250cc Race

A wonderful race of Alvaro Bautista who, being motivated, wins on his home circuit in Montmelo and sends his fans into ecstasy. Alvaro attacks and runs faster than everybody, under a striking sun. The 37 degrees of temperature on the track, however, are not so hot as the title pursuit is! Besides being happy for the second triumph in this season, our rider is satisfied for having gained points against his more direct antagonists, from Hiroshi Aoyama to Marco Simoncelli, who fell on the third lap while chasing him. But the better moment for the Spanish rider was when he crossed the line alone, acclaimed by his supporters. Now Alvaro Bautista, a true leader, ranks 47 points in front of the Italian Simoncelli. ... (more)

GM Bankruptcy Briefing - Who Is This Man?

I don't know who this man is talking on behalf of General Motors but he sounds like the most incompetent job applicant college graduate who is participating in Donald Trump's Your Are Fired "Apprentice" TV show. If what he is saying right now is what GM was supposed to do in company's recent history, and if this man was part of this company's management team, he must immediately be removed from whatever job he is doing today, on July 10, 2009.   Please listen to his entire opening speech on launching this "exciting new company." Very nice Mr. GM Man, what you are saying is very nice indeed. Why didn't the company do all this in the past 50 years as Japanese took over the country like cockroaches? GM was one of the most badly managed companies in the world. GM is a Harvard MBA case study on how not to run a company. The GM image burned in my brain is the private jet... (more)

The Automobile Industry and Cloud Computing

Toyota and Microsoft Team on Azure We found a recent news item that automobile maker Toyota is going to team up with the Microsoft Azure Cloud Platform to deliver various services related to automobile building activities. Microsoft and Toyota are supposed to stick $12 million in Toyota Media Services to develop diagnostic and GPS data for cars, developing a whole global cloud platform for "telematics" by 2015. Toyota means to open the platform to other carmakers. Past Predictions Come True on Automobile Industry Cloud Growing enterprise adoption of Cloud Platform is good news, especially for the automobile industry which is at a crossroads and trying to become profitable again. This will be a very good choice. Soon other OEMs will be taking similar measures. I have, in an earlier article, detailed about how Cloud to Cloud Federation (as planned by Toyota), will be ... (more)

Driven Brands Appoints New CEO

CHARLOTTE, NC -- (Marketwire) -- 06/29/12 -- Driven Brands, Inc. announced today that it has appointed Jonathan Fitzpatrick (42) as the company's new President and CEO. He succeeds Kenneth D. Walker (64), who is retiring July 6th. Driven Brands is the parent of Maaco Collision Repair & Auto Painting, Meineke Car Care Centers, Econo Lube N' Tune, AutoQual, Aero Colours, Drive N Style, and Tortal.net. Fitzpatrick brings more than 15 years of experience in franchising and global operations, most recently as EVP Chief Brand and Operations officer of Burger King, where he has worked since 2005. "We are pleased to welcome Jonathan as the new CEO of Driven Brands. He is an accomplished executive whose experience and expertise at building global businesses will be invaluable to the continued success of this dynamic company," said Ira D. Kleinman, Senior Managing Director of... (more)

How to Develop Apps for Vehicles

Author Peter Rogers Principal Mobility Architect, CognizantVisionMobile recently published one of the best reports on apps for vehicles that I have read (http://www.visionmobile.com/product/apps-for-cars-mileage-may-vary/).  It is frustrating with how difficult it is to actually get an app approved for use in a car. Here are some of the unique challenges: ·         Safety first considerations (like driver distraction)·         Long sales and car vendor app approval process·         Car vendor led UX and ideation processes·         Low risk strategies for selecting apps·         Deal negotiation skills requirement·         Massive market fragmentation. The analogy VisionMobile offers is one that I remember vividly myself. That of running a small mobile games company (back before the days of iOS and Android App Stores around ) and trying to get a deal with a telecom... (more)

Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Will No Longer Participate in the Expedia Preferred Partner Program

TULSA, Okla., April 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. today announced that the Company's brands, Dollar Rent A Car and Thrifty Car Rental, will no longer participate in the Expedia Preferred Partner Program, effective May 1, 2005. The Preferred Partner Program provides participating rental car suppliers the opportunity to prominently market their products on the Expedia travel Web site. In 2004, Expedia-generated rentals represented approximately 7 percent of DTG's total revenue. Dollar and Thrifty are continuing discussions with Expedia regarding participation on the Expedia travel Web site. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20020412/DTGLOGO ) Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. is a Fortune 1000 Company headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Driven by the mission "Value Every Time," the Company's brands, Dollar Rent A Car and ... (more)

Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Will No Longer Participate in the Expedia Preferred Partner Program

TULSA, Okla., April 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. today announced that the Company's brands, Dollar Rent A Car and Thrifty Car Rental, will no longer participate in the Expedia Preferred Partner Program, effective May 1, 2005. The Preferred Partner Program provides participating rental car suppliers the opportunity to prominently market their products on the Expedia travel Web site. In 2004, Expedia-generated rentals represented approximately 7 percent of DTG's total revenue. Dollar and Thrifty are continuing discussions with Expedia regarding participation on the Expedia travel Web site. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20020412/DTGLOGO ) Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. is a Fortune 1000 Company headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Driven by the mission "Value Every Time," the Company's brands, Dollar Rent A Car and ... (more)

China Automotive Systems, Inc. Launches New Website

WUHAN, Hubei, China, Sept. 21 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ - China Automotive Systems, Inc. , a leading power steering components and systems supplier in China, today announced the launch of its new website at http://www.caasauto.com/ . "In order to better communicate with investor communities, so that the investors and shareholders can further understand our company, obtain the updates of the company as well as the industry, CAAS website has been upgraded," said Hanlin Chen, Chairman and CEO of CAAS. With a friendly interface and a simple presentation style, the new website covers most of the information that investors and shareholders might care about. It includes corporate profile, management bio, news release, financial data, SEC filings and corporate presentations, as well as industry highlights. The website also has an email alert section that allows investors and shar... (more)

Siemens VDO Chooses ARTiSAN Studio for Automotive Powertrain Software Development

CHELTENHAM, England, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- ARTiSAN Software Tools, a global leader for UML 2 and SysML-based real-time systems and software modeling tools, has announced that Siemens VDO has chosen ARTiSAN Studio as the principal embedded software development tool for its automotive powertrain control units. Siemens VDO has extensive experience in software development for embedded systems but the demands of today's automotive market are such that increasingly complex software systems need to be built. It was clear to Siemens VDO that successful software development for its automotive powertrain control units would require a seamless process that encompasses both modeling and design, creating a need for a standardized modeling language supported by a flexible tool-based environment. The choice of UML meant the adoption of an increasingly widespread standard that ... (more)