Apple CEO in-waiting Jeff Williams is a Tim Cook clone. We argue that Apple's next Chief Executive ought to be a risk-taking, product-focused CEO that conducts him/herself with a sense of urgency to drive Product & Services growth. Another caretaker CEO would be less than optimal. Companies mentioned: Alphabet (GOOG), Amazon (AMZN), Apple (AAPL), Cerner … Continue reading Apple’s Next CEO Ought To Be An Innovator
Google, Amazon and Apple are in a war to control the extended home. The automobile is part of that equation. Google, Amazon and Apple are in a three-way heavyweight fight for home supremacy. When it comes to the home - if Google and Amazon are Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali (two pound-for-pound greats) then Apple is Archie Moore (a great heavyweight but … Continue reading Why Apple Needs to Build the Apple Car
Magna International (tkr: MGA), got its start as a machine tool shop. Today, Magna is automotive supplier to major Auto OEMs, Tier I suppliers, Heavy Equipment manufacturers and Rideshare companies such as Lyft. Humble Beginnings Magna counts BMW, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Tata, Tesla, Toyota, a number of the China-based Auto OEMs as well as a … Continue reading Competition Comes from Below: Part II
Technology news items that caught our attention this week: Waymo to launch robo-taxis in Europe: Link Phoenix AZ as petri dish for autonomous driving: Link Kroger is launching a fully driverless delivery service: Link In the “Service, Maintenance, Repair” category: the US Army is using machine learning to predict when combat vehicles need repair: Link … Continue reading Technology News from the Week: June 25th 2018
What Is A LiDAR System? Light Detection And Ranging ("LiDAR") sensors are detection and survey systems to estimate the proximity of a target object. LiDAR sensor systems consist of four primary elements: 1.) Lasers 2.) Scanners 3.) Photodetector receivers 4.) GPS navigation systems. LiDAR systems enable autonomous vehicles (or robots), to observe the world with: a.) Continuous 360 … Continue reading Meet Luminar Technologies – the LiDAR Company Powering Toyota’s Autonomous Vehicle Program
We visited the New England International Auto Show yesterday which included an impressive array of vehicles but was light on technology. Toyota’s Mirai fuel cell vehicle is essentially an EV where the electric motor is powered by hydrogen fuel cells rather than lithium-ion batteries. A couple of major obstacles as we see it. First and … Continue reading Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powered Vehicles Are Here, Yet A Ways Off.Premium
Cadillac's "BookbyCadillac" premium automobile subscription service (we refer to as AaaS), sits comfortably between the traditional car ownership model and the pure rideshare model (Uber, Lyft, Waymo). Priced at $1,500/month (plus $500 initiation fee), we don't believe that Cadillac's bundled subscription service is a good value - flexibility and convenience come at a price. Listen … Continue reading Automobiles as a Service (AaaS); Uber Completes Tender Offer
Alphabet's Waymo unit is working with insurance startup Trov to insure Waymo's autonomous vehicles. Read the Wall Street Journal article.
A bit of Simulation Theory, 1984, Minority Report and The Matrix. While autonomous vehicle technology is real - don't believe the hype: Ep. 88: Autonomous Vehicles - Real Technology with A Dash of Hype:
Waymo is comfortably ahead of other autonomous OEMs in terms of self-driven vehicle miles traveled. Read more HERE.