Back to Two Wheels for Mobility

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 25, 2017 at 6:23 AM

Although the amount of attention on the development of autonomous vehicles is staggering given that there probably isn’t an outlet that hasn’t devoted time or space to the prospect of robotic vehicles, what people seem to have lost sight of are the facts that (1) initial applications are going to be in geo-fenced areas and (2) the autonomous vehicles are likely to be shared vehicles, which will also have a consequence on where they travel.

On the Changes at Ford

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 22, 2017 at 10:31 AM

A quick word on the promotion of Jim Hackett to the position of president and CEO of the Ford Motor Company, who is replacing Mark Fields, less than a week after the company announced that it would be reducing its white collar headcount in North America and the Asia-Pacific region, presumably a move that Fields made to show unhappy Ford stockholders, who had seen their stock trading at $17.72 on July 18, 2014, literally 17 days after Fields took over, and not that high since.

Kia Creates a Crossover—Hybrid

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 22, 2017 at 6:06 AM

Steve Kosowski, manager, Long Range Planning & Strategy at Kia Motors America says that back in 2011-2012, the executives at Kia in Korea—as well as their opposite numbers at Hyundai—decided that they needed to develop an all-new platform for an “eco vehicle.” This vehicle could come in different flavors, conceivably, as in hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and full EV.

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Feature What’s “Cloud Computing”?

May 25, 2017 - Lawrence S. Gould

Everyone talks about it, but what is “cloud computing”?

Feature Developing the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

May 25, 2017 - Gary S. Vasilash

In some regards, it is just a car. Of course, it is a car with some of the most advanced technology available in the industry today. But it isn’t some sort of science project, but a real production reality.


Ford CEO Hackett’s Compensation Jumps to $13.4 Million

Jim Hackett, who was named to replace Mark Fields as CEO at Ford Motor Co. on Monday, will receive as much as $13.4 million in his first year in the job.