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Blurring the Line Between Cars and Consumer Electronics

This post is in response to a Jul 25, 2013 article by Susan Kuchinskas entitled “Blurring the Line Between Cars and Consumer Electronics” published in the online magazine “Telematics Update”. Contrary to what Ms. Kuchinskas says in her opening sentence (“The consumer electronics industry has trained consumers to crave novelty, selection and personalization – and consumers will pay a...

When Will Cars Work More Like Phones? First You’ve Got to Get Mad!

Insomnia got to me tonight, so I wandered into the kitchen to eat cereal and read an excellent FastCompany article entitled “Fill ‘Er Up With Apps: Why Our Cars Need to Work More Like Our Phones” by Farhad Manjoo. While reading, I felt like Rip Van Winkle, having fallen asleep in 1999 when I was with IBM and working on in-vehicle apps and waking up 14 years later to learn the world of in-vehicle...

A Travel App That Could Save the Life of Someone You Love

As a long time bicyclist (“cyclist”) and motorcyclist (“biker” here in the US), there is an app I would like to see built ~ one that protects us two-wheelers from car and truck drivers (four-wheelers) who are unaccustomed to looking for us, and who therefore accidentally kill us. In 2011, in the United States, 38,000 cyclists were injured and 677 killed by motorists.[1]  Far worse are the...

“Ironman vs. Siri” and the Mobile Battle for What’s “Cool”

Fonzi. The “Fonz”. He is one of the most iconic images in television history. His character was supposed to epitomize what was considered “cool” in the 1950’s, like a comic hybrid of James Dean, Elvis, and Johnny Cash. The only thing missing was the cigarette ~ The Fonz did not smoke (“Happy Days” was a family sit-com). But lots of other cool people smoke, and many a young...

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