It seems that last year may have been the year when the automotive industry turned a corner, leaving behind a century of steady development, and entered a brave new world where its decades-old business model becomes increasingly irrelevant, thanks in no small part to the involvement of (or interference by, depending on your view) the technology sector.

Motor shows continue to be snubbed by big automotive brands, who are increasingly attending events such as the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). This year’s CES saw myriad automotive-related products and services launched, including important announcements from Faraday Future, Harman, TomTom and Delphi, while the keynote address was delivered by Carlos Ghosn (Chairman and CEO of Renault and Nissan, and Chairman of Mitsubishi Motors).

Yesterday, Geely, owners of Volvo, launched a new car brand: Lynk & Co. The company also launched its first product – the logically-named 01 – which follows the Qoros and Borgward approach of ‘designed in Europe, made in China’. The car itself looks conventional, albeit contemporary – an SUV with a choice of conventional, hybrid […]

Three stories on the BBC News website, tenuously linked to one another, caught my eye this week. Two stories come from the States but all involve large structures that can be seen – and were possibly designed to be seen – from the road, as well as those celebrating past of anticipated glories and which […]

It’s been a couple of weeks since a retrospective celebrating the work of Ove Arup opened at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. ‘Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design’ runs until November and looks at the work of a man whose work crossed disciplines and included the iconic Sydney Opera House. […]

On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your satisfaction with surveys? And on a scale of 1 to 10, how likely would you be to recommend these surveys to any of your friends? If you answered less than 5 please say why. Feedback is important. It can help us understand when […]

A few days ago my young nephew came to visit and we spent some time with his Raspberry Pi – the credit card-sized single-board computer that helps teach programming, especially to children. Following a sudden wave of nostalgia, I suggested that we create a game based on the arcade (and, later, home console) classic Frogger. […]

Courtesy of Sophus3 comes a study of car brand websites looking at what content worked – and what didn’t – on a variety of devices. While things began well, with home pages appearing correctly on every device used for testing, the other findings may start alarm bells ringing. Of particular concern may be the finding […]