Posts Tagged ‘Automotive’

TRUST ME. I’M A CAR DEALER

Posted by: Rob Leach on August 21st, 2017 IN Uncategorized

TV was supposed to kill radio. Radio is flourishing. eBooks were going to destroy print. More books are printed than ever. The internet was due to cut out the middlemen. It merely created new types of intermediary. In much the same way, many commentators believe that eRetailing spells the beginning of the end for dealer networks. Well, not so fast… If car dealers evolve, they too will continue to be needed – but only if networks adopt new technologies and a customer-centred mindset. It’s all happening, but far too slowly. The automotive model has barely changed for a century. Dealers READ MORE

AUTONOMY’S COMING

Posted by: Rob Leach on August 7th, 2017 IN Viewpoints

Or is it? “It’s a matter of when, not if.” That’s the received wisdom around autonomous driving. If Tesla, Apple and Google are betting the farm on it, driverless cars are a no-brainer. With every OEM also investing billions to convert a century of petrol and diesel cars into a brave new world of electrically powered self-driving safety capsules, the days of driver-propulsion seem numbered. But hang on. There are some massive barriers to overcome. Perhaps surprisingly, technology isn’t one of them. Massively complicated systems which combine computers, algorithms, artificial intelligence, lasers and sensors are up to the job. Their READ MORE

THE ELECTRIC DELUSION

Posted by: Rob Leach on August 2nd, 2017 IN Viewpoints

With the UK planning to ban petrol and diesel cars in 2040, an electric future has always seemed a predictable one. But as I note below, there are massive roadblocks ahead. First, the positive news. Whether it takes years or decades to move across to a driverless world, their powertrains will not be driven by diesel or petrol. Today’s hybrids and plug in hybrids will inevitably give way to full electric. Two thirds of motorists own or are open to owning an electric or hybrid car[1]. A new report[2] states that 60 percent of all vehicles on the road might READ MORE