Future Features for Auto Futures: Fantastic Fun

I have been writing for Auto Futures since the fall and I am pleased with our win/win relationship.  It has been a pleasure working with content head Adrian Smith who has a wry sense of humor and understands what makes a great feature story. Trade shows can be exhausting but they are much more fun when you guided to scout out genius.

For example, after sharing that I had Vegas throat and sounded like by former landlady Mrs. Furlong—-Adrian Smith suggested a spin on my coverage of CES and that’s how I came up with the “That’s Entertainment” theme feature. I personally didn’t think that spending time at the “dog kissing booth” at the LA Auto Show was strange—but it did make my LA Auto Show round-up howl.

My favorite aspects of writing feature articles that I always learn something new and I get to talk to all kinds of interesting people. What I particularly enjoy is after seeing several views of an industry like my I did with my in-depth lidar research, my readers get the insight of some of the greatest minds in the industry. There has been a lot of confusion about what AI is and how it will be used in the automotive industry, I was able to find the core reasons why AI is so important to the automotive industry. There is also great hope from startups that are saving lives and helping people.

You are welcome to read my articles from Auto Futures. Many of them are features that tend to be more evergreen than news stories.  I also hope they may make you smile because we live a very exciting time in the automotive industry.

Pioneering AV Tech for Over Two Decades – Apex.Ai’s Jan Becker

Although many have not heard about autonomous self-driving vehicles until the last few years, scientists and academic researchers have been working in the field for years. Read about Jan Becker and what he learned.

The Man Driving Driverless AI Adoption for NVIDIA

When I attend automotive technology trade shows there is always a presence from advanced computer tech company, NVIDIA and, usually, Danny Shapiro. Lean how he helped NVIDIA become one of the most important suppliers in the AI automotive space.

AI and You: Understanding Humans…Driving Revenue

Artificial intelligence (AI) is being used in the automotive space to anticipate and understand unpredictable human behaviour as well as to create intelligent driving scenarios.

The Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How of Lidar

There are many questions surrounding lidar and how it will influence the future of autos. Auto Futures spoke with lidar experts and analysts all over the world.

Technology to the Rescue – Start-Ups Using Data to Save Lives and Prevent Collisions

Israeli technology companies are building technology that can help save lives. Their tech can help find bombs but it can also evaluate the state…

The Technology Helping Drivers Defeat Winter

It’s that time of year again, where the days get colder and more depressing – certainly in most of Europe. Everything becomes that little…

CES: The World’s Biggest Auto Show?

CES 2019 was a behemoth of automotive technology and demonstrations, a mega-mall shopping palace for automakers and suppliers. Auto Futures was on-site

A Heads Up for HUDs in the Vehicles of the Future

Head-up displays (HUDs) were originally developed for aviation. Now they are seen as a great way to view navigation or safety alerts on the…

CES 2019 – Now That’s Entertainment!

Las Vegas, Nevada. Not only home to the greatest entertainment in the world but, during CES, the latest and greatest technology. Since changing to…

Ex-MiIitary Making the Weather in Automotive Cybersecurity

Israel is a hotbed for automotive cybersecurity firms. Auto Futures talked with some of the leading businesses in Israel to learn what atmosphere in the military enable such great growth.

Tough Love for the Auto Industry from Roger C. Lanctot

In the connected car space, if you want a good quote, you can always get one from Roger C. Lanctot, Director, Automotive Connected Mobility,…

Say Goodbye to Many Alcohol DUIs with New Technology

It may well be the season to be merry, but it’s also a time to reflect on the lives affected by alcohol-impaired driving fatalities….

Imagining the Future – Car Design Students Reveal Concepts

The influence of the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California on the automotive industry is legendary.  Graduating seniors share their designs and vision for the future.

Is your Smart Key Fob Hackable? Facts and Fallacies

Key fobs are getting more complicated and smarter. But car thieves are getting smarter too.

The New Face of Automotive Human Machine Interface

Rashmi Rao is changing the face of automotive technology. She’s busy building new human machine interfaces (HMI) for automotive mobility at Samsung’s HARMAN. She was a delight to talk to and leads the way for more women engineers in automotive.

Unique Tech ‘n’ Trends at AutoMobility LA

Trends that will be affecting the future were everywhere at this year’s auto show here in LA . The trends include increased screen size,…

BYTON Bytes into the Future of Automotive Tech

BYTON is working on cars of the future that act as smart devices. At AutoMobility LA it showed off its M-Byte Concept SUV and the K-Byte Concept sedan. BYTON CEO and co-founder Dr. Carsten Breitfeld spoke about the company’s vision and design concept to a packed audience who applauded the reveal of the new sedan.

AutoMobility LA Shows Luxury, Autonomy and EV Efficiency

AutoMobility LA is a yearly event produced by the LA Show that shows new mobility concepts, awards new solutions, exhibits technology and presents talks.

‘Nothing is Unhackable’ – Cybersecurity Experts Gather in LA

At the Securing Mobility Summit part of AutoMobility LA, cybersecurity experts have been discussing the challenges and opportunities for the automotive industry.

EV Pioneer Henrik Fisker Talks to Auto Futures

At CES, earlier this year, a crowd formed around Henrik Fisker; the kind of crowd in Las Vegas that gathers around a celebrity. He has unique vision for the future of automotive.

Transforming Utility into Beauty – Fiat Chrysler’s Auto Designer

Irina Zavatski turns utility vehicles into functional art. She’s FCA’s Exterior Design Manager and she was responsible for the entirely new Chrysler Pacifica minivan.

Gig Options Created by U.S. Auto Entrepreneurs

Burgeoning automotive tech is driving new streams of advertising-fueled options. Advertising can help provide free electric charging, gig economy money and free cars.

Is Car Sharing the Airbnb of the Auto World? Lynn Walford Reports

It’s been dubbed the Airbnb of the auto world – peer-to-peer (P2P) car sharing services that are gaining traction here in the U.S.

Mobilizing Commercial Self-Driving Vehicles in Motor City

When most of us think about autonomous driving in the United States, we think of Silicon Valley. But one startup is stirring things up…

Transforming Personal Mobility: InMotion USA’s Rose Song Wang

Not every CEO commutes to work on a unicycle. But then Rose Song Wang is no ordinary CEO.

A Silicon Valley Disrupter with a Sense of Style

At most Detroit automotive events the dress is usually strictly business, a sea of navy blue suits with a smattering of khaki pants. I looked to see wild sneakers a very creative entrepreneur.

How Wireless Charging Could Unplug EV Inconveniences

There are many barriers to electric vehicle adoption that automakers and suppliers are working to break through. One major hurdle is the inconvenience of charging by heavy cords.

BlackBerry Drives Into Automotive Security and Safety Market

BlackBerry offers many security and safety features for the automotive market.

Seeing into the Future – Advanced Automotive Cameras

Cameras watching roads and the faces of drivers are currently proving to be very helpful when it comes to safety and security.

Alexa, What’s the Future? Conversations with Your Car

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could talk to your car and understood what you wanted.?