Category: Connected cars

How to cover an automotive tech conference

car and moneyProviding same-day coverage of conferences keeps me focused and thinking, as I try to make connections between what different speakers say and identify trending topics. I recently wrote same-day wrap-ups of FC Business Intelligence’s Insurance Telematics USA conference. (Insurance telematics, also known as usage-based insurance or UBI)┬árefers to the various hardware and software applications that let insurers get an accurate view of customers’ driving behavior.)

Day One: Data, Data Everywhere as UBI Becomes Ubiquitous

Day Two: What UBI Do People Really Want?

Car Dealers vs. Connected Cars

Auto dealerships theoretically could benefit from services for internet-connected cars that would, for example, alert the dealer when a car needs servicing. In practice, dealers are really wary of new products like Ford Sync, Hyundai BlueLink, or BMW ConnectedDrive. They’re hard to sell and harder to support. This article examines the challenges and opportunities.

The New Dealers: Selling Telematics to Car Dealers


Social Media in the Car? Really??

Everyone wants to twittify their product — even car makers, who are worried that Millennial consumers aren’t interested in driving. Some auto makers are plunging ahead and enabling interaction with Facebook and Twitter accounts, often through voice recognition tech that lets drivers talk to tweet. This article looks at some of the less obvious ways that social media could be integrated with connected car services.

The Making of a Social Car

Renault’s App Store Could Create a Sixth Ad Medium

Good timing on this article, in light of the buzz Ford got this week for announcement of its open developer program.

I spoke with Patrick Hoffstetter about Renault’s plans. Hoffstetter leads Renault’s Digital Laboratory. Because I also cover digital advertising, I was especially intrigued by his mention of the prospects for creating what will be another screen to which ads can be served.

Okay, I know. No more ads. But still. Think about it. Just like search ads are so effective because you actually are looking for something and they help you find it, ads and promotions delivered to your car could help you identify local businesses or give you a reason to choose one merchant over another. Yeah, the Starbucks mobile coupon thing. Okay, I know.

Read the Q&A, it’s interesting!