I just returned from covering the Consumer Telematics Conference in Las Vegas. This conference brings together automakers, suppliers, tech startups and investors. The annual meeting is a good way to take stock of how things have changed.
My biggest takeaway is that connected-car data–rather than autonomous driving–was the most important topic. With self-driving pilots underway and most automakers firm in their autonomous development cycles, the energy is now directed toward making the immense amounts of data generated by connected cars usable.
Seems like virtual reality is about to blow up. Mozilla and Google plan to implement browser APIs that will let VR developers make their virtual worlds accessible via the browser. Users still will need headsets, however.
I’m experimenting with Contently, a new service for freelance writers. It’s slightly painful to curate and organize clips, but it’s an interesting way to create a profile. (Also, please check it out if you’re interested in hiring me.)
Insurance telematics is a great idea: A driver installs a device in the car that tells the insurer how she drives. Selling this to consumers is the first battle. This podcast with Frederic Bruneteau, managing director of Ptolemus Group, has intensively studied various products — and failures — in Europe and North America.
The industry calls this technology “usage-based insurance” or UBI.
In this podcast, we discussed the few success stories and the danger that insurers without a telematics offering might end up with the worst drivers as customers.