All of us have collected data, whether it’s in the form of something as simple as a shopping list or maybe even gathering receipts for the end of financial year tax time. Big Data is basically the same, only on a much larger scale.
Simply put Crowdsourcing is a bigger and better way to gather information and solve problems... To be honest it isn’t a new concept by any means; however, it has dramatically changed as technology constantly improves.
Who would have guessed that white would be the number one colour of choice in 2011 when buying a new vehicle?
Well, what happened? We could look back to as far as 2009, ground zero where it all began. The share market crashed and the Global Financial Crisis hit hard. It was all very much a case of ‘doom and gloom’ and set the tone for what lied ahead.
Formally known as inductive charging, this technology has been around for decades, I even remember seeing Braun’s Oral-B toothbrush have wireless charging in the early 1990s. So, why not for cars?
Sell more products, after all that’s how automotive manufacturers make money. But when you sell too hard and overstate your product specifications, you’ll have the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) knocking at your door in no time. We see it time and again, and not just in the automotive industry. Let’s talk about an issue that’s been more prevalent of late.
We just recently conducted a project that required the use of the national car PARC, also known as the Australian Vehicle Registration Data supplied by the ABS. If you’ve ever used the data first hand or have had a supplier use this data on your behalf, you should be aware of its limitations and “trust” value.
A new solid-state battery technology based on the principles of quantum physics is said to reduce battery weight by over 2600%. Let’s put that into perspective, a typical 410kg lithium ion battery can now be replaced with a higher performing 15kg alternative? Yes, please!
Non-renewable fuels, rising oil prices and a global increase in demand, it’s no secret that manufacturers are collectively spending billions of dollars on research & development to make their cars more efficient, but are they succeeding or are they just throwing money at a problem without a solution?
Unless you’ve been shipwrecked on a remote tropical island for the last seven years you’ll be well aware that sales of the large car segment in Australia have been heading south. In 2010 the number of large cars sold was half that achieved in 2003 (the year before the slide began) whilst the overall new car market has grown significantly with both the light and small segments achieving strong sales growth.
No doubt as a result of this significant shift in consumer preferences auto manufacturers that play in the large segment have had to react. In September 2009 Holden fitted a 3.0L V6, the smallest engine offered in the Commodore in 21 years, since the VN replaced the VL in 1988 and Holden said goodbye to Nissan's inline 3.0L six cylinder. Bigger news again is Ford’s announcement that for the first time ever a four cylinder engine will be fitted to the Falcon in 2012.
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