Jeffrey A. Soble

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Co-Chair, Automotive Industry Team
Co-Editor, Dashboard Insights

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What if the automotive industry builds autonomous vehicles and no one wants them?  What if no one trusts them well enough to want to own one or ride in one?  This is precisely what was addressed at the recent World Congress Experience.  The lack of regulations, be they national, state, regional or local is definitely a hindrance to the adoption of a more autonomous future.…
There are long lists of industries that will be disrupted by Autonomous Vehicles. Not surprisingly, Insurance is expected to be one of them. Some see tremendous opportunities arising from the increase in Autonomous Vehicles. For example, a 2017 report from Accenture and Stevens Institute of Technology, estimated that new insurance requirements and products could raise $81 billion (billion, with a “B”) in revenue between 2020 and 2025. This may seem counterintuitive: more autonomy, better…
We might be at least part of the way through the looking glass in the Automotive Industry as OEMs, led by General Motors, are looking to keep the industry pointed in the direction of zero-emission vehicles and the Federal Government is looking to keep things as is.  Specifically, last week GM called for a National Zero Emissions Vehicle Program.  GM claimed that such a national program could add seven million electric vehicles on…
After all the gloom and doom and worry, the United States, Canada and Mexico tweaked the North American Free Trade Agreement.  Most importantly (apparently), they changed the name.  Banished is NAFTA.  In its place is the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).  USMCA might be a bit more cumbersome to say, but that might be the largest difference.  Canada was convinced to join in after issues associated with the dairy market were worked out.…
The North American Free Trade Agreement – NAFTA for short – just took one step closer to no longer existing. As originally reported by the NY Times, the United States and Mexico announced that they had reached agreement on some key provisions that would change from the 24-year-old NAFTA.  Details are scarce, apparently in part because negotiations with Canada continue.  The reported details include: At least 75% of a light vehicle’s value must…
It is difficult to find anyone affiliated with the automotive industry in the United States, Europe, Asia or anywhere else who is in favor of tariffs on automobiles, automobile parts, automobile raw materials or anything else that goes into making a car or truck or other vehicle.  The industry seems to be in rare consensus agreement that such tariffs will do nothing more than raise prices and cost jobs.  Forbes summed it up directly in…
Trade issues have been concerning the automotive industry for some time.  Whether it be NAFTA renegotiations (or NAFTA scrapping), Section 232 Tariffs, Exceptions to Section 232 Tariffs, ever since the current administration was elected, the Dashboard has been predicting that trade issues could upend the automotive industry.  That day appears to have come as the latest round of tariffs on China include those aimed at autos and parts.  China’s retaliation…
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently issued its preliminary report concerning the March 18, 2018 incident in Tempe, Arizona in which a pedestrian was struck and killed by a Volvo XC90 sport utility vehicle equipped with self-driving capabilities. The vehicle was part of Uber’s autonomous vehicle pilot program.  The program was suspended by Arizona’s governor following the incident.…
Just two months ago, we wrote about how Autonomous Vehicles and Ride Sharing Will Reshape Our Buildings, Our Cities, and Our Lives. We explained that “[w]hile current developments require parking space to accommodate commuters, the future might make these spaces obsolete.” Chicago is experiencing that on a grand scale with the loss of surface parking lots, a staple of the city, especially in the business center, the Loop, and the areas into which that…
Just two months ago, we wrote about how Autonomous Vehicles and Ride Sharing Will Reshape Our Buildings, Our Cities, and Our Lives. We explained that “[w]hile current developments require parking space to accommodate commuters, the future might make these spaces obsolete.” Chicago is experiencing that on a grand scale with the loss of surface parking lots, a staple of the city, especially in the business center, the Loop, and the areas into which that…