The latest Tesla refits: Do they tick your box, or are they a bit ‘tick-box’?

I’ve written before how Tesla is disrupting the automotive industry and how I believe this will ultimately benefit the entire automotive industry (August 2020: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-tesla-might-auto-oems-best-friend-neale-foster/?trackingId=abX3oOM88mdsKDBrcmeMSQ%3D%3D). My fundamental argument was that in 2020 Tesla’s stock market cap passed that of Ford and GM combined, not because of the number of cars it sells, but because, unlike …

What does French culture tell us about In-Car Entertainment

France has an incredibly strong culture, with some important lessons for anyone interested in providing in-car entertainment services. First, there’s cinema: France can claim to have invented it through ‘The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station,’ created by the Lumière brothers, a short film first screened in 1895. Today, French-language movies shot in …

What do car manufacturers need to learn from Silicon Valley?

Just as I was planning to write this blog about Silicon Valley and the car manufacturers (OEMs), I came across an interview with Prof. Dudenhöffer, Director of the CAR Center Automotive Research by Thomas Schmidtutz of Merkur.de (https://bit.ly/2EGUIb1) discussing this very topic. There was a discussion of Tesla’s rather underwhelming “Battery Day” announcements and a …

Terrestrial TV (ISDB-T) & BML/HybridCast: Japan’s route to in-car TV & Video

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Next to the German car market, Japan is comparable in being home to a wide range of car brands. Looking at the sales figures for 2019, a total of close to 5.2 million cars were sold, European premium brands being particularly successful. Each market has its own challenges, and in Japan there are unique technological …