Connected Cars: Navigating Top Trends in 2017

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Yesterday, the Automotive Industry Team of Foley & Larnder LLP (yes, us), hosted its annual event at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI. Eschewing narrow or small topics, we charged into 2017 by trying to predict just what would happen with connected cars in 2017.

Our day started with Joseph Kwederis, Automotive Cyber Security Leader, Deloitte & Touche LLP. Suffice to say, the risk profile for the Auto Industry is ever expanding. Just in one vehicle, companies need to worry about their own enterprise systems, the vehicle’s systems, the consumer’s connected systems in the infotainment center (and any connected devices), and the interconnectedness of all those systems with the immediate environment. The risks grow exponentially, not linearly, with every connection. What to do? Mr. Kwederis advises companies to be secure, be vigilant and be resilient. In other words, what systems are in place to protect all these systems at your company. With those in place, do you simply set them up and forget them, or maintain them and monitor them? Finally, when something goes wrong – which is inevitable – what is your plan to deal with it? Continue reading this entry

Car Technologies Capture Attention, Excitement at CES 2017

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At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, automotive technology continued its growing role at the show and shared the spotlight with virtual and augmented reality systems, video recording toothbrushes, and smart home products such as hairbrushes, beds, and chairs.  Automotive technology companies made up about one fifth of the exhibitors, and the exhibitors are creating ripples with their futuristic concepts, self-driving car advancements, and connected car technologies.

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Record Sales! But...

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As has been reported all over, it looks like the Automotive industry will set some sales records in 2016 (see here, here, and here for example). As summarized by JD Power, “The full-year sales forecast of 17.5 million units would surpass the total from 2015 by about 5,000 units. Light trucks figure into the upsurge, along with higher incentives—eclipsing $4,000 per vehicle for the first time on record—as automakers clear out 2016 model-year vehicles.” When read that way, this news is less encouraging than it appears on its face. Continue reading this entry

Happy Holidays

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Thank you for subscribing, reading and being part of our blog community in 2016. We wish you a happy holiday season and a new year filled with continued success.

– The Dashboard Insights Team

Look for our next post on January 5, 2017.