What, Porsche worry? You bet.

Ultimately, he believes a carmaker offers either an aspirational ownership experience or it becomes just another mobility provider competing on cost. “There is no in-between,” Koslowski said.

Read the full article at: www.autonews.com

Thilo really highlight some of the crazy changes underway if all the visions of making the car into a “smartphone on wheels” or a “data center o wheels” come true.

Baidu and Microsoft join forces to advance autonomous driving

“We’re excited to partner with Baidu to take a giant step in helping automotive manufacturers and suppliers fully realize the promise of autonomous driving,” said Kevin Dallas, corporate vice president, Microsoft.

Read the full article at: safecarnews.com

Kevin Dallas was involved in automotive years ago at MSFT, good to see he is still aligned despite the many tumbles the company has taken in this industry.

Why Intel Said Sayonara To Smart Devices & Wearables

Take this as Intel’s new Internet of No Things strategy. it came about because Krzanich’s wants to seriously focus on addressing the clear and present threat of AMD’s EPYC, Threadripper, and Ryzen processors.

Read the full article at: seekingalpha.com

In typical Intel style, minds change quickly. Customers are sometimes left behind in an effort to protect margins on the “core” as empty parking lots around Fab 42 remain unused.

Self-driving cars could erase the edge that drove Uber to success

Former CEO Travis Kalanick drove that expansion by understanding and harnessing the power of the “network effect” — the self-reinforcing advantage of having the most drivers and the most users.

Read the full article at: www.thestreet.com

Does the “network effect” no longer work when the network is only made of computers? Seems the human factor comes in here once again.

Can Carmakers Break Free from Google with ‘Automotive Grade Linux’?

In contrast, Google’s Android IVI will come with Google’s best-in-class navigation, messaging, and music apps—in addition to hundreds of carefully curated apps from third-party developers—all tightly integrated with “OK Google” hands-free speech recognition and Google Assistant. And Android has been on the market for a decade, with a major new release every year, each incorporating significant improvements to the platform’s stability, usability, and security. It’s frankly hard to see how automakers using AGL—or other infotainment platforms—will be able to keep up with Google.

Read the full article at barrgroup.com

I don’t find it hard to see how automakers and their suppliers can build a finished product from the community work of AGL, but I do think it will be very expensive to do and to maintain. Ultimately a single supplier needs to keep the product working for years of car ownership and carmakers are not looking to increase their cost with every new update.


Maruti Suzuki updates its smartplay infotainment system | TelematicsWire

The update includes Android Auto

Read the full article at telematicswire.net

Suzuki owns over 50% of Maruti Suzuki and is a supporter of Linux Foundation AGL. AGL is trying hard to avoid endorsing Android Auto or Apple CarPlay by developing Smart Device Link (SDL) further. Ford promotes that you need to support all efforts to integrate a phone and let the customer choose what they want to use, regardless how complex. This all proves that IVI is becoming commodity quickly and carmakers are trying to win customers with other techs, such as safety.