Author Archives: Cat Dow

HERE Automotive on strategies to support autonomous driving

At the 2016 CES, Cat Dow talked with Floris van de Klashorst, vice-president of HERE Automotive. HERE’s a creator of connected navigation solutions and since December 2015 has been owned by an alliance of the German automakers Audi, BMW and Daimler.

just-auto: What’s changed since the acquisition by the alliance?

Floris van de Klashorst: It was more of the perspective of why they bought us, acquired us, which is important. If you look at what we stand for, as a company, and what we try to establish, is really being a pure location player, posting the content in the data analytics, in the software platform, and the applications in the cars.

If you look at HERE as a company, we do….read more.

 

Auto Express Group test: Best Mini Jump Packs

Being stranded with a flat battery is never a fun experience, but gone are the days of flagging down a passing vehicle for a sympathetic jump start or having to wait around for a roadside assistance service to come to the rescue. Just as power packs charge our phones and PCs, you can now buy versions with sufficient grunt to jump start your car.

As the morning temperatures begin to fall and the evenings draw in, we put seven mini jump packs to the test to pick the best. While most can be used straight out of the box, some need charging first – be sure to check. Whichever you go for, if you run lots of electronic kit in your car, and find yourself in remote areas, it could be a sound investment. Read full article here.

New Kia Sportage prototype review

As we’ve already seen, the all-new Sportage has taken huge steps towards a more contemporary, European design, but can that be paired with big improvements to refinement and comfort?

Before Kia showcases the Sportage at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Auto Express joined the Korean manufacturer in California’s Mojave Desert to sample an early prototype. Read full article here.

‘Truth’: Question Everything

Mary Mapes is my ideal Vogue covergirl. Portrayed tenaciously in James Vanderbilt’s new movie ‘Truth’, the Emmy award-winning journalist/producer-turned-author is everything every woman could strive to be: smart, confident and honest. (She embodies everything I want to be : successful, resilient in the face of adversity and writing about the stories that matter.)

In 2004, ahead of his re-election campaign, Mapes and her team attempted to expose inconsistencies in W. Bush’s National Guard record, a credential heavily relied upon in his successful 2000 Presidential campaign. After airing the story on CBS’ 60 Minutes, Bush supporters tore into the evidence presented, challenging Mapes’ integrity and that of her long-time TV news reporter, Dan Rather.

Director Vanderbilt’s self-scripted film takes us through the final chapter of Rather’s 24-year anchorage of the CBS Evening News, the end of which was seemingly forced by corporate posturing for the White House. The collaborative efforts of Rather and Mapes – acted effortlessly by Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett – to hold true to the value of great journalism, amidst the bottom-covering corporate bullsh*t, are more than admirable. They evoke a strong sense of injustice and a desire to revolt.

Heartily supported by Dennis Quaid, Elisabeth Moss and Topher Grace – the latter playing the uncensored rebel and bringing a light-hearted comedic element to the weight of the script – the film itself is based on Mapes’ 2005 book Truth and Duty: The Press, the President and the Privilege of Power. The theme of the movie is, as the title suggests, ‘truth’ and the message is to question everything, in order to get to that very truth. The conclusion of the movie falls in favour of our protagonist, who wins you over long before she’s expected to reveal the truth about the documents in contention (*skirts spoiler alert*) and arguably, this bias towards Mapes sits at odds with the message. Nevertheless, as the producer herself says, the documents were only a fraction of the whole – entirely credible – truth.

After her departure from 15-year tenure at CBS News, the channel was awarded the Peabody for the Mapes-produced coverage of the Abu Ghraib prison camp scandal. Clearly you can’t hold a good journalist down and nor should you. Mapes shows us if you go out, do it fighting on your own veracious terms.

Well-paced, insightful and provocative, ‘Truth’ is due for release this Friday (4th March).