Today's Automotive Industry News

Amazon Air Makes a Last Mile Strategy by UPS & Fed X a MUST & ASAP

The Significance of FedX & UPS Market Performance:

1) Fed-X Making abrupt changes in management--Air CEO Out
2) Threat from Amazon will drive down stock value of FedX
3) Amazon Air to take 2% of FedX-UPS revenue in 2019
4) Need to cut costs & change logistics delivery model by Fedx, UPS ASAP.

See the Updated posting of "The Situation" and note the SIGNIFICANCE of the management changes at FedX & the drop in Stock value at both companies [See WSJ, Dec 8 Issue for more detail]

U.S, Made Sedans Appear to be Dead & SUV’s Are a Growing Challenge for Industry, Traffic, and Environment

The Situation: Fewer U.S. Car Buyers are selecting U.S. Sedans & Opting for SUVs

The Significance: Car Buyers are buying Japanese & Korean made sedans

The Solution: OEMs need massive initiative to educate buyers not sell them with ads, deals, and sales tactics

Find out how & why U.S, Sedans are not selling at the same rate as Japanese & Korean makes _________________________________________________________________________

On the Road to Autonomy:Webinar and Virtual Workshop:

Join this Must SEE & HEAR Free Webinar on Wednesday, December 12th, at 1:00 pm EST

See just how far we’ve traveled on the road to autonomy and to test the following predictions for our autonomous future.

Prediction #1 - Future applications (especially autonomous ground vehicles) will require precise positioning at the cm level

Prediction #2 - One of the few technologies that can provide that precision today is GNSS RTK and PPP

Prediction #3 - This level of precision will be enabled even more with the introduction of new GNSS constellations

You can begin to better understand and be knowledgeable about Autonomous Vehicles by attending this timely Webinar ________________________________________________________________________________________________

We All Know & Love Jody–This is a MUST: Jody DeVere Family Woolsey Fire Recovery Fund



Jody DeVere's son, Joseph, and his wife Rosanna lost their home and everything in it in the #WoolseyFire Seminole Springs Mobile Home community in Agoura Hills, CA. Jody's son is 100% disabled. He has an aggressive form of MS and a spinal cord injury and this complicates his care and immediate and long term housing for them and their pets.

Joe is currently at a VA Nursing Care facility one hour away from Rosanna, family and his support system. He receives a much higher level of care living at home with his wife and personal care giving staff.

What You Can do: Help us bring Joe home!

Cargobikes Not Drones Are The Future For Urban Deliveries

The Situation:

Every day and every hour, a gas powered delivery vans lumber down the streets of the U.S. commercial and residential areas to deliver packages to an office or home

The Significance:


Operating costs for the logistics company are high; The trucks are noisy, Traffic is impeded, expanded, or encumbered by the addition of a large truck. The cost, the logistics and process is inefficient, expensive, and not eco-friendly.

The Solution:


The logistics delivery driver drives a large van with packages for a given delivery sector to a staging area within a mile of the area, specific sector, area, or streets for delivery. From there, a CargoBike used to deliver the packages. To see how all this would work, go to a more complete presentation & details of this innovative solution to Package delivery in U.S. Market ____________________________________________________________________________

Breakthrough AI Platform Enables Auto Consumers to Shop the Way They Think & To Find that New or Used Car Like Now

AI Program Finds the Car in Dealer Inventory that the Prospect is Just Thinking about.

Computer vision and machine learning combine to identify that particular vehicle in the dealer's inventory.

An AI program also makes suggestions to prospective customer based on vehicles scanned or researched in prospect's search process

The whole process is done in seconds and the customer is astounded at the results.

This breakthrough application is increasing dealer closure rates at new levels. The search process combined with AI and Machine Learning is so effective that the program is tempered so as not to overwhelm the customer.


Gain preliminary details and CarStory Contact to learn exactly how the process closes sales. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Last Mile Package Delivery — Cargo Bikes Not Drones Are The Future For Urban Deliveries

Breakthrough Idea: Cargo Bikes will deliver packages not trucks

Last Mile Deliveries on & by Cargo Bikes are coming to delivery logistics
Delivery companies will be parking noisy,polluting trucks blocks away.
Cargo bikes delivering packages for last mile from a Mother Truck
Will reduce congestion. pollution, and noise, gridlock & cost


"Last Mile Delivery Strategy" being developed now
Leaders seem to be in Amsterdam, UK, and Europe -
UPS & FedX next to adopt the new delivery model
Cargo bikes & Light Electric Freight Vehicles are being used.


Dive into this linked article to really see what is coming to the Logistics of Package Delivery. _______________________________________________________________________________________________

Leading architect & respected city planner says so

Peter Calthorpe of New Urbanism & Berkeley rebuts Techs from S Valley;

Tech companies claim that autonomous vehicles could reduce traffic.

Skeptics, including Calthorpe, argue actually that more gridlock will occur.

More people are still taking solo trips.


Will Tech Leave Detroit in the Dust?–
At stake: Who will control the Future of Transportation?

OEMs racing to gain car sharing & driverless technology
Result: Who will control the future of transportation?
You will gain an update on OEM vs Silicon Valley
Note that Uber has $129B valuation; GM About 34B
"Sharing the Road" chart on pg 2 lists OEMs & Partners


California Roads & Bridges Rated C & D: State Has to Invest Tax Dollars to Fix The Problem Or Pay More for Vehicle Repairs

Cold hard facts; The American Society of Civil Engineers says our California roads are in bad shape and the bridges are in danger.

What is a Fact: We as Citizen taxpayers cannot pay a little and get a lot.

If we want good roads, we got to pay for them as we go.

How many jobs funded by Gas tax ? = 6,500 including construction and rail.

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Getting Out from Under the “Under 20,30, and 40 Agers” Recognition Pattern by the Trade Press? —“It’s All of Us, Experts, Not Just You”.

What is all of this about?

The most recent issue of Automotive News featured the contributions and accomplishments of 30 automotive executives that are under age 40—as have others in advertising, vehicle remarketing, technology,and business news publications have done of late.

Age is All the Rage – But What Age Really?

With what seems to forthcoming changes and disruptions in automotive retailing, marketing, and the delivering of transportation services, it may be time to recognize and emphasize the entire organization of all these incredible people who are being featured for their accomplishments--Not just a bunch of younger people whom older associates have supported and nurtured within an complex organizational structure for a long time.

To see and gain what this issue is really all about, review and think about the situation with recognizing performance in terms of age. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Advanced Predictive Maintenance Solution for Connected Cars & Autonomous Vehicles Addresses 3 stages of Vehicle Maintenance & Provides SW that Fixes Flaws

Why this posting is significant:

Aurora Labs offers an advanced Predictive Maintenance Solution for connected cars & autonomous vehicles.
Employs Machine learning algorithms uniquely addresses 3 stages of vehicle maintenance:

What the Software does:

Platform detects faults in software behavior & predicts downtime events;
Fixes flaws on-the-go in the electronic control unit (ECU) software.
Solution provides cost-effective & swift ECU updates with zero downtime, without requiring dual memory
Aurora Labs’ technology future-proofs software-driven connected cars

Click & See "Advanced Predictive Maintenance Solution for Connected Cars & Autonomous Vehicles"_
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Apps, Data Gathering, & Underwriting Competition Producing Vehicle Insurance Cost Reductions, Discounts, and Transportation Cost Management Trend.

The Situation for Apps that capture driver data

Apps for Drivers and owners of vehicles are gathering driving performance which delivering the data to insurance underwriters who are, then, offering discounts & programs for and to insured customers.underwriters

The resources from fee-based dashboard telematics services providing data that enables insurance underwriters to offer rewards programs linked to driver performance from smartphone app.

Several new apps have game-like interface to entice more of its vehicle owners in the U.S. to sign up for a smartphone app that relays digital data on driving habits 

See and take the time to ingest a detailed content presentation of how Apps, Data Gathering, & Underwriting Competition are Impacting Vehicle Insurance Cost

Three Significant Breakthrough Developments Being Integrated into Driving Systems for Safety, Connectivity, & Response

What is ADAS all about & Why you should care?:

Seeking to comprehend how ADAS relates to Self Driving Cars Know that ADAS stand for "Automated Driving Assistance System" Understand how ADAS is in current model cars in some form Be challenged to stay knowledgeable about driving systems & technology

What this ADAS Posting might do for your "smarts":

This posting will give you a general grasp of ADAS.
The extent of ADAS in the Cockpit of auto is the question.

Take the time to click, go, and grab on to the basics of ADAS including the definition of the acronym ADAS _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Breakthrough: Four New Technologies to Solve, Change, & Disrupt Off-Lease Marketing as Increasing Volume of Lease Vehicles Reach Maturity & Move to the Auctions

The Situation in the Vehicle Remarketing Industry:

The combined technology and vehicle remarketing services of KAR Auction Services, OPENLANE, Drivin, & TradeRev are delivering “reimagined” & new integrated auction services.

How is this Being Accomplished?:

By the integration of data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence and advanced cloud technology

Recommend you drill-down. See what Peter Kelly of KAR Auctions Services is advocating to dealers and remarketers about the 4 technologies that are already being implemented, coded, and adopted by the Industry ______________________________________________________________________

Gender Count of the Leadership of 11 Auto Industry Associations Shows Imbalance & Lack of Parity

For Awareness and Consideration of & by Auto Industry Management:

Here is a Rollup of Analysis of Each of the 11 Automotive Industry Associations by Gender Count :

Total of 246 Men are Officers, Directors or Board Members
Total of only 30 Women across all 11 industry associations
Some associations have no women in leadership structure.

See how your industry association is doing with gender equality and parity __________________________________________________________________________________________

New Dealer B2C Advertising Program Reaches Prospects Before F&I Walk Up

What's Happening? Dealers Adopting New B2C F&I Product Marketing Program

New Dealer Ad Program is an intuitive marketing service
Helps Dealers make F&I Branding & funding sale easier
Gets to funding prospect before walk to F&I office
Uses a co-brand email response template for online lead inquiries
Enables dealers to advertise F& I brand earlier in sales process
Response service personalizes email communications;

Who is offering this innovation in automotive retailing?

DealerEFX developed a quality email response for dealer sales
Company focuses on email communications templates for CRM Systems
The system provides the best possible brand financing presentation

Dealers can easily upgrade F&I Email Messaging program to increase penetration by signing up for 30 day trial. Call 503 318-3621 or email [email protected]

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Why this Combo with 3D Computer Vision, AR, and Machine Learning is significant:

Ernie Garcia's evolving vision has been manifested again
Putting Carvana & Car360 together is huge in auto retailing.
Combines the technology developers of consumer vehicle presentations
Means more than just added transparency to vehicle sales process

What the migration of Cycloramic into Carvana's Growing Retail Market Means

Will wake up services like AutoTrader and even Cars.com plus OEMs
Dealer management has to take notice and "get there"
Could be the make tech breakthrough in auto retailing 2018
Will give car buyers a powerful visual shopping experience.

To capture the original release from Auto Remarketing:"Carvana acquires pioneer of 360-degree used-vehicle digital tours"
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Right-Now How To for Men in Automotive: Men Learn How to Be ‘Allies,’ Without Fear, to Female Colleagues

Men, Managers, & #MeToo in Automotive:

Here is an article that was published in the WSJ on April 5
Timeley input based on the @Metoo movement outside the auto sector
Automotive conferences for Women are featuring Sexual harassment & discrimination

The Significance of More #MeToo in Automotive Sector:

The content in this Journal article seeks to help men in automotive
Seeks to coach males on how to mentor, listen to, & acknowledge women
Gives men practices & new approaches to include and follow women leadership

See the entire Wall Street Journal content about how men learn how to be allies to women colleagues


Auto Industry Crisis Or Not?–57M Vehicles on the Road With Open Recalls

Why is this a potential BIG problem for OEMs & Owners:

Scary Fact: One out of every five cars that you pass are on Recall
OEMs & Dealers seem to accept this situation
Is this a crisis or an accident waiting to happen.
Carfax keeps talking about effort to get vehicle back to dealership
Busy owners with life balance issues is excuse for not responding

The Possible Implications of the Continued DisInterest by OEMs:

What about law suits over an accident with Recall vehicles
Is Industry, OEMs. & Dealers not taking action? Lawyers?
Crisis in the making? How do we wake people up?

Action: See Carfax Release and Take the List seriously at your own peril


The Real Management Issues Confronting Auto Industry Associations in Next 3 to 5

An Industry Conference Agenda prompts this particular List of Issues & disruptive changes that will require visionary solutions:

1) Impact of Insurtech, Fintech, and CarSharing on the Dealer and Vehicle Lessor Business Model
  2) Disruption of automotive business model from & about AI, Machine Learning, & Blockchain 
3) Evolution of a Total Transportation Management Business model for automotive retailers 
4) Increasing decline of vehicle ownership and use of alternative means of & for moving about 
5) Increasing role and transitory strategy of lease funding and lease management
6) Impending Exposure of Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, & Gender Inequity in the U.S. Automotive Market Infrastructure. 


Women Control 80% of Consumer Spending But Only 11% Are Ad Creative Directors.

What was & still is the Problem with Women in Creative?

Women are not yet creating & directing content in advertising
Lack of female creative leadership in agency & OEM marketing
Opportunity for agencies, clients, & industry

What has and is the impact of 3% Movement on Marketing to Women & to Total Audience?

3% Movement now in conferencing, MiniCons, Certification, Research
7th annual Two day fall conference coming in November in Chicago
Online community of 35,000

Taking a Stand: Courageous Enterprise Leads Car Rental Industry–Cuts Off NRA Discount Program

How the Car Rental Industry started a Movement:

Enterprise leads the Major car rental companies with National and Avis following:

Cuts off discount program for NRA members.

Sends a message to NRA that current positions on gun control are unacceptable.

Beginning of financial pressure on the NRA for its stands on current gun laws.

Major corporation are follow the Car Rental industry

Going after gun manufacturers next.

#BoycottNRA is the hash tag to see the impact on the NRA

Can Rapid Response to Road Repairs Stop Repeal?

The Situation:

California roads, bridges,& streets desperately need repair and upgrades

The Solution:

The 12 cents gasoline tax went into effect on Nov 1.
Will produce $5.4B annually. Also a transportation improvement fee started Nov 1

The Problem:
State Republicans want to repeal the gas tax. Have over 500,000 signatures to get on ballot
State needs to complete major road projects for the Nov Election

How Is State Responding?
Rushing to complete dozens of projects on are a fast track to be complete prior to Nov election

The Bottom line for Voters who drive in California:

Invest in your future and get roads fixed & upgraded ASAP
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Why should automotive people care about Balloons?

Balloons are hazards when they enter the environment
All released balloons return to Earth as ugly litter
Even those marketed as “biodegradable latex
Balloons return to the land and sea everywhere
Balloons are frequently mistaken for food and eaten by animals.

More Significance Reason we need to care & act:

One in 20 of seabirds encounter or eat balloons
Even latex balloons marketed as “biodegradable”
Balloons contain environmentally damaging chemicals and plastics.
Helium that inflates balloons should be preserved for high tech use
Mylar balloons also get into electrical wires

U.S, Made Sedans Appear to be Dead & SUV’s Are a Growing Challenge for Industry, Traffic, and Environment

On the Road to Autonomy:Webinar and Virtual Workshop:

We All Know & Love Jody–This is a MUST: Jody DeVere Family Woolsey Fire Recovery Fund

Cargobikes Not Drones Are The Future For Urban Deliveries

Breakthrough AI Platform Enables Auto Consumers to Shop the Way They Think & To Find that New or Used Car Like Now

Last Mile Package Delivery — Cargo Bikes Not Drones Are The Future For Urban Deliveries

Will Tech Leave Detroit in the Dust?– At stake: Who will control the Future of Transportation?

California Roads & Bridges Rated C & D: State Has to Invest Tax Dollars to Fix The Problem Or Pay More for Vehicle Repairs

Getting Out from Under the “Under 20,30, and 40 Agers” Recognition Pattern by the Trade Press? —“It’s All of Us, Experts, Not Just You”.

Advanced Predictive Maintenance Solution for Connected Cars & Autonomous Vehicles Addresses 3 stages of Vehicle Maintenance & Provides SW that Fixes Flaws

Apps, Data Gathering, & Underwriting Competition Producing Vehicle Insurance Cost Reductions, Discounts, and Transportation Cost Management Trend.

Three Significant Breakthrough Developments Being Integrated into Driving Systems for Safety, Connectivity, & Response

Breakthrough: Four New Technologies to Solve, Change, & Disrupt Off-Lease Marketing as Increasing Volume of Lease Vehicles Reach Maturity & Move to the Auctions

Gender Count of the Leadership of 11 Auto Industry Associations Shows Imbalance & Lack of Parity

New Dealer B2C Advertising Program Reaches Prospects Before F&I Walk Up

Right-Now How To for Men in Automotive: Men Learn How to Be ‘Allies,’ Without Fear, to Female Colleagues

Auto Industry Crisis Or Not?–57M Vehicles on the Road With Open Recalls

The Real Management Issues Confronting Auto Industry Associations in Next 3 to 5

Women Control 80% of Consumer Spending But Only 11% Are Ad Creative Directors.

Taking a Stand: Courageous Enterprise Leads Car Rental Industry–Cuts Off NRA Discount Program


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