A recent article, I wrote for GearBrain about ways to track employees and teens, show how advanced and accessible tracking of vehicles has gotten. Not only has telematics gotten better but also much cheaper. When these systems are cheaper, we see greater usage. Continue reading
In my business as editor of AUTO Connected Car News and writing for automotive publications, I get to see all the latest technology coming to cars in the future. The more I learn about safety features (ADAS), the more I want them. Then of course there are new features that most of us never dreamed of before, that could happen in the future-future which I think I would like also. Here are the top 10 features that I think I and most car buyers would love. Continue reading
At the LA Auto Show, it became clear that the tech media industry is trying to infiltrate the automotive industry. They are trying to change the rules and it could be very costly to car-oriented websites and media. Let’s see why. CNET a website which started reviewing technology was at the show in full force. Starting off at the Connected Car Expo, CNET had a big media presence with live-streaming the car announcements like they live stream Apple announcements. Car-oriented websites and automakers should beware. Continue reading
I like to interview at least three experts for every topic without letting them know what the others said. This is a technique I used when I wrote for Investor’s Business Daily. No one knows everything but when you jog the minds of those who really know what’s going on, you get original articles with breaking information. Continue reading
I’ve kept my car buying process under wraps as I endure the monumental process. Cars have changed exponentially since I last bought one and so have the prices. I’ve covered advanced connected car technology for some time and my head is spinning with information. Continue reading
Necessity really is the mother of invention. Recently, I took my puppy Malani to be spayed. The Human Society gave her a clear plastic e-collar, which she didn’t like. I could tell she was uncomfortable. I replaced the e-collar with the Comfy Cone, which is softer and can be folded, which was better. However, we’ve been reaching close to 100 degrees lately and the Comfy Cone was no longer comfy. When I petted her head, it was hot in there. The plastic e-collar was also hot. So what is the solution? Continue reading
His idea of a good time was to go out into the garage and work on a car. Sometimes, he smelled like Simonize, his cars sparkled and shined brighter than his smile as he drove. Once the car was detailed, he took the family out for a ride.
In November, a great person, friend and world renown Caltech mathematician Rick Wilson was hit by a pickup truck. He has spent the last six months recovering. When I went to visit him in the hospital with turkey soup, after Thanksgiving, he looked terrible. Dr. Wilson was crossing the street with the “walk sign” on. It was obvious to all involved that the driver who hit him was distracted.
I’ve written about distracted driving as early as January 2010 when U.S Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood announced a regulatory ban of texting by drivers of commercial vehicles such as large trucks and buses, along with stiff fines. Apparently the drivers are too distracted to be paying attention. Continue reading
When I told him I write about connected cars he said, “You can’t have an electric car, unless you own a home, are rich or have another car!”
He had a limited view of the connected car space. He was talking about electric cars. Yes, it is nearly impossible even in large cities to drive an electric car without access to an electric outlet either in your own garage or nearby. His statements also made me realize that I live in the ideal place with the best of accoutrements for writing about connected cars and new car technology. Continue reading