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Doug Newcomb

Senior Industry Analyst, Mobility,
Wards Intelligence

Doug writes about connectivity, automated driving and mobility for Wards Intelligence.

Waymo Is Way Ahead in Real-World and Simulated AV Testing 
With 10 billion miles in simulated testing and 8 million of road testing, Waymo’s AV competitors have lots of catching up to do.
Auto Tech Check – ʼ19 Mazda3 Hatchback 
The new ’19 Mazda3 gets more horsepower, an updated exterior and new tech features but retains some quirks.
Recent Run of AV Alliances Continues with Waymo-Nissan-Renault Partnership 
Nissan and Renault gain access to Waymo’s industry-leading AV technology, while Waymo leverages the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Alliance’s massive global footprint.
Auto Tech Check – ʼ19 Lexus ES 350 F Sport 
With ample connected features and a large in-dash display, the infotainment system in the ’19 Lexus ES could be a serious contender in its segment – if not for the kludgy Remote Touchpad infotainment interface.
Self-Driving Startup Alliances Shift for Fiat Chrysler, Ford, Hyundai, Kia and VW 
OEMs enter strange-bedfellows relationships and heavily invest in startups to stay ahead in self-driving derby.
Auto Tech Check – ʼ19 Hyundai Ioniq Limited 
Even with its straightforward tech and added driver assists, recent introductions by rivals will make it difficult for the ’19 Hyundai Ioniq to stand out.
Auto Tech Check – ʼ19 Toyota Corolla Hatchback XSE 
The ʼ19 Toyota Corolla Hatchback XSE provides plenty of tech bang for the buck and a big improvement over its predecessor.
Google Gains Ground in Dashboard and Beyond with Android OS and Other Design Wins 
OEMs cast aside concerns over control of data, dashboard branding and even key vehicle systems, as Google makes increasing inroads into the car.
Auto Tech Check – ʼ19 Honda Passport AWD Elite 
The all-new ’19 Honda Passport is well-equipped to do battle with segment leaders and off-road icons like the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Toyota 4Runner and has the tech to take on these and other rivals.
Toyota and Partners Expand Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Project at L.A. Ports 
Funded in part by a $41 million grant, 10 hydrogen-fuel-cell heavy-duty trucks will be used to haul cargo from the Port of LA and Long Beach to distribution centers in Southern California and beyond.
Qualcomm Bets on AI and 5G to Boost Automotive Business 
The company’s new AI computing platform is designed to work in combination with high-speed 5G cellular networks to enable advanced vehicle communication and safety features.
Auto Tech Check – ʼ19 Kia Forte EX 
For its ’19-model redesign, Kia refreshed the sheet metal and enlarged the cabin and cargo room but kept aspects that made the Forte a formidable competitor to rivals, including a useful and intuitive center console display and the straightforward UVO infotainment system.
Avis In-App Parking Partnership Helps Business Travelers, Businesses and the Rental Car Company’s Bottom Line 
In an era of rising ride-hail usage by business travelers, Avis is innovating to make life easier for road warriors and their companies – and gain lost market share.
Auto Tech Check – ʼ19 Mazda CX-9 Signature 
The Mazda CX-9’s posh interior, sleek sheet metal and zoom-zoom performance make it a top pick among three-row crossovers, and its infotainment and ADAS tech also don’t disappoint.
Auto Tech Check – 2019 Lexus LX 570 
Despite adding smart watch and Alexa capabilities to its remote app for the ʼ19 model year, the Lexus LX 570’s kludgy infotainment interface and lack of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto reveals it’s long in the tooth tech-wise.
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