Mondial Paris Motor Show 2014 : new optimism felt everywhere

Volkswagen XL2 Sports with Ducati engineFrom October 4th to 19th  the Mondial Paris Motor Show took place. This show is one top tier events in the automotive world and is held every two years. Some numbers: 265 brands, over a 100 new cars, 40 press conferences and an astonishing 1.253.513 visitors. No wonder all major car manufacturers make an effort to present their best with the latest design and also with the newest and greenest technology. Continue reading

Google’s self-driving car 2.0: No steering wheel, no gas, no brakes.

Google self-driving car concept

Google started the development of self-driving cars in 2010 and released a string of videos about it in 2012 on its own YouTube channel. That created a unprecedented stir in the automotive world. Never before was a company outside the business able to create a collective awareness in the industry that we are on verge of a new technological era. Building cars became digital tech. Almost all big car manufacturers immediately stepped on the bandwagon initiated by Google and announced some sort of autonomous car technology for the coming years. Continue reading

Spotting car trends at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show

VW T-roc concept Geneva Motor Show 2014This year’s Geneva Motor Show was one of optimism. In many press conferences you could hear CEOs and presidents exclaim that sales had risen for consecutive months or that their expectation for 2014 is that consumers will buy new vehicles. The confidence is starting to return and order intake exceeds expectations. However, the careful reader should not forget where the European region is coming from. We are climbing from a two-decade low and with sales drops of -40% in Southern European countries such as Spain. Continue reading

US takes the lead in Vehicle-2-Vehicle communications standard

V2V-from engadgetWhat do Toyota, Lexus, Volvo, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Peugeot and Citroën, VW and  Skoda have in common? They are all car manufacturers that have announced that they will launch self-driving cars in some form in the coming 2-6 years. It is generally assumed that self-driving cars are safer and make collisions something of the past. To realize advanced self-driving features on cars it seems a prerequisite that cars can share information about their position, speed and heading.
In June last year we reported on the Car-2-X communication project, in which vehicles and infrastructure are electronically linked to each other. Continue reading

Consumers love self-driving cars

Nissan Patrol 2008 no steering wheel“Consumers love the idea of self-driving cars for one reason” is the headline of this article on time.com. Car insurance.com organized a poll and also found that roughly 1 in 5 drivers are fully ready for self-driving technology. “About 20 percent of drivers said they would buy a fully autonomous car if one were available” the report stated. Two-thirds admitted they wouldn’t feel safe being a driver in name only. …Continue reading

Automotive@eDay 2013 event : The challenge in robotic cars is the human factor

Eday overviewThis week the Emerce E-Week event and festival in Amsterdam took place. It is a series of events, which lures in over 2000 marketers, e-commerce specialists and media connoisseurs to the capital of the Netherlands. Pinnacle of the week is the eDay event, where approximately 70 internationally renowned marketing  lecturers, creative free thinkers and cutting edge speakers give it their utmost to inspire the audience with the newest ideas and best insights for the future. The eDay event was organized for the ninth time and this year’s theme was, What’s next in media, marketing and e-business.

Although this event is oriented purely around digital marketing, automotive was a reoccurring item in several speeches in this years’ edition. …Continue reading

CEATEC Award for Automaker

 Ceatec AwardGreat news: it is the first time that an automaker won the Grand Prix in the CEATEC Innovation Awards in Japan. Who is the lucky one and because of which innovative technology?

The CEATEC Innovation Awards are being given to brands that could potentially have a big impact on the U.S. market. The award honors the best among the technologies, products and services exhibited at CEATEC JAPAN 2013. A jury of independent journalists assesses the winners of the CEATEC Innovation Awards. They’re looking on the potential influence a brand could have on the U.S. market. This time, the top award Grand Prix was for … …Continue reading

Nissan introduces urban EV concept

Nissan introduces urban EV

Nissan introduces a new electric vehicle concept for urban usage. With its compact design this vehicle can easily find its way through small and twisty European alleys but it is also stable because of the four wheels. Etienne Henry, Nissan’s head of product strategy and planning: “The Nissan urban car …Continue reading