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Top things we learned from TU-Automotive Munich 2016 – ANALYSIS

As we review our notes from this year’s TU-Automotive Europe conference, we look at the most interesting insights as global players strive to bring more safety and security to our roads, via the Internet of Things.

If consumers all adopt Waze, the industry is in trouble.

A key debate came about between the benefits of Waze, the brought-in navigation app, and the disadvantages greatly affecting the future of OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers. China tops out global figures for embedded navigation, which continues to grow, despite consumer popularity for brought-in solutions. Roger Lanctot, Strategy Analytics, warned that the ultimate goal to save lives cannot be met if OEMs cannot own the data generated by embedded navigation. Welcome Waze at your peril!

Self-drive systems will replace the engine as the car will be built around it.

As we shift from semi-autonomous to highly autonomous transportation, the focus will shift from the engine to the strength of connectivity. VW’s Chief Digital Officer, Johann Jungwirth, predicted that two new vehicle types would emerge…Read on.



‘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).


Tesla Model S is an Electric Cruisebeast, says The Oatmeal

The Oatmeal aptly describes the Model S as an Intergalactic Spaceboat in its illustrated review.

The Tesla Model S is one of the most well-liked cars on the planet, with many road testers — including Recombu’s own — absolutely fawning over it. The latest to fall for its charms is Matthew Inman, a cartoonist at The Oatmeal, who has penned an illustrated review of the luxury sedan. Read more.



Formula E opens for business at Donington Park Circuit

The new all-electric racing series will be based from its Donington HQ.

The new Formula-E facilities at Donington race circuit are now officially open. In a project that took five months to turn around, all ten Formula-E teams now have an individual workshop at the Derbyshire track. Read more.