The Fallacy Behind Counting Lines of Code

Software Complexity

Mercedes-Benz vs. F-35

A while ago I attended a discussion about vehicle software development and maintenance. The presenters discussed the increased complexity in automotive software, especially in in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) and the advantages of remote over the air firmware update (FOTA). To demonstrate the magnitude of the problem, one of the speakers used oft-cited statistics … continue reading →

2015 Connected Cars Predictions

Connected Cars

I was asked recently by a client to provide an overview and commentary on the state of connected cars and in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) technologies, ecosystem trends, and how I anticipate these to shape over the next 12-24 months. Specifically, we did not want to focus on connectivity technologies per se, but rather explore the drivers … continue reading →

Harman International Acquires Red Bend Software

Mergers and Aquisitions

On January 22, Harman international announced the acquisition of venture backed Red Bend Software, a provider of software and services for remotely updating mobile device software using Firmware Over The Air (FOTA) technology. The company claims a customer base of over 80 mobile device manufacturers, cellular operators and semiconductor manufacturers, all an all managing some 1.75 … continue reading →

BigLever and Aras Deliver Product Line Engineering Integration

Product Line Engineering (PLE)

Product Line Engineering: Rethinking Product Development

BigLever Software, a provider of product line engineering software, announced today that the company has partnered with Aras Corp. to deliver an integration between product line engineering (PLE) and product lifecycle management (PLM) software suites. The integration enables product designers to define product options and variants in BigLever’s Gears … continue reading →

Who Owns Your Car’s Data?

Connected Cars

All cars manufactured beginning January, 1996 are equipped with sensor networks and computerized control systems to comply with the U.S. EPA’s OBD-II standard. An increasing number of today’s cars have built in GPS-based navigation, streaming music devices and advanced active safety features, and more cars rolling off the production lines are equipped with a wireless … continue reading →

Kalypso Acquires GoEngineer

Mergers and Aquisitions

PLM consulting firm Kalypso announced a strategic partnership with GoEngineer, a reseller of Oracle Agile PLM and Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software, and provider of PLM hosting, integration, implementation and training services. Although according to the press release “Kalypso has acquired GoEngineer’s implementation services business” no financial information was disclosed. Under the new structure, Kalypso gets GoEngineer’s … continue reading →

The Electric Car Isn’t Disruptive Innovation

Disruptive Innovation

In his 1997 book The Innovator’s Dilemma about how new technologies cause seemingly well managed companies to fail, author Clayton Christiansen coined a soon-to-become a ubiquitous term: “disruptive innovation.” This catchphrase seems to have gotten a new life over recent years. I frequently participate in client strategy sessions and attend conference presentations where … continue reading →

Ford Drops Microsoft, Selects Blackberry


As reported recently by Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal, Ford is planning to end the use of Microsoft’s Windows Embedded Automotive operating system for its in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems and replace it by Blackberry’s QNX operating system. Ford’s SYNC IVI platform, introduced in 2007 was well received by users, primarily because of Ford’s strategy to offer … continue reading →

Smart Helmet Connects Drivers and Cyclists

Volvo Connected Helmet

According to a recent press release issued by the Volvo Cars North America, 50 percent of all cyclists killed in European traffic were a result of a collision with a car. In the U.S., there are nearly 50,000 cyclist fatalities and injuries every year. Volvo Cars, telecom provider Ericsson and bike helmets manufacturer POC Sports … continue reading →

Driver Health Monitoring

Monitoring Driver Health

Connected Cars and Driver Health Monitoring

I was working with a client on an Internet of Things (IoT) strategy specific to the connected cars industry. Everybody is on the quest for the next IoT’s “killer app”, hoping to get a piece of a pie that is estimated by some to exceed $40B in less than … continue reading →