Automotive

17 articles

Cognitive Computing Redefines Vehicle Safety

The auto industry is transforming the driver and passenger experience.
Ben Stanley | IBM

My first car was a ’65 Chevy Impala, which I bought from my uncle. The engine was in bad shape so within the first week, I swapped it out with one I bought from the local junkyard. It was a pretty simple car – manual transmission, manual windows and locks, no air and an AM/FM […]

America Deserves a Modern Transportation System

Here are five ways to improve transportation and infrastructure in the e-commerce era.
Tom Jensen | UPS

At UPS, we see the impacts of lagging infrastructure investment in real time, as 85,000 UPS drivers hit the roads every day. Congestion comes with costs  —  if our fleet is delayed by an extra five minutes every day, it costs us more than $100 million annually. And the impact is seen in more than […]

How to Unleash Your Creativity

The world of Formula 1 is a laboratory for exploring human creativity through drivers and their teams.
James Hewitt | Hintsa Performance

The Formula 1 season will begin later this month, pitting the most talented drivers in the most finely honed machines against one another. The image of a car designer sitting at a computer, working on a complex 3D visualization, is consistent with our perception of a creative person, but you may not immediately think about […]

It’s Pedal to the Metal for Driverless Cars

Why drive yourself when a self-driving car could be a safer alternative?
William Messner | Tufts University

When a May 2016 crash killed the person operating a Tesla Model S driving in Autopilot mode, advocates of autonomous vehicles feared a slowdown in development of self-driving cars. Instead the opposite has occurred. In August, Ford publicly committed to field self-driving cars by 2021. In September, Uber began picking up passengers with self-driving cars […]

Car Talk That Saves Lives

How connectivity can make self-driving cars safer on the road.
Huei Peng | University of California

The death of a person earlier this year while driving with Autopilot in a Tesla sedan, along with news of more crashes involving Teslas operating in Autopilot, has triggered a torrent of concerns about the safety of self-driving cars. But there is a way to improve safety across a rapidly evolving range of advanced mobility technologies […]

Paving the Path to a More Productive Society

The U.S needs to invest $3.3 trillion on new infrastructure to support expected economic growth out to 2030. It's time to get started.
Jan Mischke | McKinsey Global Institute

Bruce Upbin | Hyperloop One

Sixty years ago, the U.S. embarked on one of the greatest public works projects since the Roman Empire: the Interstate Highway System. It was a bonanza of productivity for an American economy emerging with brawn from World War II, at one period yielding an annual return of 54 cents for every dollar spent. But in […]

Back to the Future with DeLorean

The gull-wing doors and unusual construction of this iconic car made it a perfect Hollywood time machine. Can it make a comeback?
Brian Sweat | Alterity, Inc.

The DeLorean story is fascinating — it’s a story of innovation and hope. For some, DeLorean is an aspirational brand. Many fans and enthusiasts don’t own a DeLorean, but they participate in online forums, buy collectibles and attend fan events. Of course, the influence of the “Back to the Future” trilogy cannot be discounted in the role […]

A More Electrified Auto Supply Chain

Will your business help lead the transformation or get caught trying to catch the rest of the field?

In 1980, my dad thought it would be a great idea to load my mom and their three kids – all of us under the age of 13 – into the family’s 1976 Ford pickup to tour the Western United States. He spent weeks planning the route. So many hours to drive here, so many days to see Carlsbad […]

Will Cars Become the Next Smartphones?

The automotive industry has the potential to cause disruption across many sectors.
Sheri Hickok | General Motors Company

We hear the term “disruptive innovation” thrown around all the time – back in January, the Economist even described it as the business buzzword of the year. As with most words that fall into such common use, it means many different things to different people. I’d always assumed it referred to any breakthrough technologies that […]

Why Aren’t We All Driving Flying Cars?

We might like to watch sci-fi, but we aren't ready to live it.
John Preston | University of Southampton

Ben Waterson | University of Southampton

Flying cars in The Jetsons and Back to the Future, or Star Trek’s spaceships and teleportation, may have captured the imagination decades ago, but most current methods of transport have been around a long time. Railways were being rolled out rapidly from the 1830s, while the commercial breakthroughs in petrol and diesel engines date to […]

Disruption and Opportunity In The New Aftermarket

In times of great technological upheaval, optimizing a supply chain provides a competitive advantage to companies of all sizes.

We’re living in the age of disruption – and that is increasingly true for the automotive aftermarket. Technology is empowering customers to dictate more of their purchasing experience, and consumers are more educated than ever before about each and every step in a given supply chain. Like in other industries, automotive consumers expect to get […]

Speed Bumps on the Road to Vehicle Automation

Many obstacles stand in the way of self-driving vehicles.
Yossi Sheffi | MIT

The tragic loss of Germanwings Flight 9525 in the French Alps has galvanized discussions about pilotless aircraft, and whether we have the technology to safely replace humans with computers in the cockpit. In broad terms the answer is yes, we do have the technology, but of course the route to full automation in passenger planes […]

The Road to Car Safety

It's time to reinvent the car.
Carlos Ghosn | Renault-Nissan Alliance

The automobile – long a symbol of freedom, status, and success – is at a crossroads. For more than a century, cars have enabled billions of people to travel farther, faster, and more efficiently than ever before. They have helped power the world’s great economies and shaped our modern social and cultural landscape. But all […]

Steering Toward Sustainability

How commercial trucking can improve fuel sustainability

Earlier this year, scientists reported that 2014 was the hottest year in recorded history, underscoring the urgency of action to reduce emissions that contribute to climate change. To do its part, transport sector, which contributes about a quarter of global energy-related emissions, would need to expand low-carbon fuels from 3 percent of the share today […]

The Electrifying New Trend in Autos

For the future of electric vehicles, one size does not fit all
Scott Samuelsen | University of California, Irvine

Republished from The Conversation In an effort to jumpstart adoption of fuel cell electric vehicles, Toyota Motors earlier this month made more than 5,600 patents available to other carmakers. A few days later, General Motors introduced the electric Bolt, an electric vehicle designed to run 200 miles on batteries. Automakers, meanwhile, continue to develop yet […]

How $7 Can Change U.S. Transportation

It’s time for a European-style gas tax in the U.S.
Yossi Sheffi | MIT

There is no easy way to present this idea, so I’ll go right ahead and state it plainly. If I could wave a magic wand, I’d impose a hefty gas tax on Americans. And by “hefty” I mean of the order of 50 percent to 70 percent. I would also require a different money allocation […]

Auto Aftermarket Shifts Gears

Online shopping creates challenges, opportunities for retailers

The automotive aftermarket is in the midst of an unparalleled shift in how retailers interact with their customers. Once a safe-haven for brand-loyal relationships, immediate access to research and shopping options are transforming the automotive aftermarket business. According to UPS’s What’s Driving the Automotive Parts Online Shopper™ study, which was conducted by comScore, 70% of […]