November 2019 Newsletter
CAR, An Amazon Web Services Featured Startup Amazon Web Services (AWS) has an amazing ecosystem that helps all types of startups, get access to the resources they need. Michael Copeland of AWS took note of CAR's approach to a tired consumer process and wanted to learn more about how we came to be. We were thrilled to have the opportunity to sit down with him and discuss our story and why we believe our mission is so important. We couldn't be happier with the result and are so thankful for their support. Click the link below to hear read the write up on AWS' website! Find Out MoreYour Car. Your Data. Your Choice. Every car on the road today holds a treasure trove of information, everything imaginable from your weight to how many people you travel with and where you're traveling. Your vehicle is actively storing and transmitting the your location, driving behavior, and it uses some of this data to determine vehicle health. Some of this data is important when repairing your vehicle in order to get a clearer and quicker diagnoses of the issues you are experiencing. The issue however, is that vehicle manufacturers are the one's who can control who has access to your data. It's no surprise they want it all to themselves. This is leading to you potentially having your information sold to third parties without you knowing but also limiting the amount of places that can properly asses your vehicle; which can lead to a much more expensive trip to the dealership opposed to your own local preferred repair shop. Click on the link below to learn about what you are losing in regards to your own personal data and what you can do to prevent it from getting in the hands of a third-party buyer.The Water Cooler Tesla: From Electric Cars to Electric Roofs?Tesla always seems to be in the headlines, and rightfully so, being one of the biggest and most innovative businesses in the United States today. Usually the topic is in regards to their ambitious strides they are taking with their vehicles but, what is getting people's attention today is the companies move back into Solar Roofing. The company has tried this venture on two other occasions but this is the first time where the brand feels comfortable and confident to take it to widespread commercial scaling. CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, claims that the company will should be able to get 1,000 roofs per week for the first few months. The market for solar panel roofing is something that excites the company as they believe that they can reach "100 million homes worldwide." This type of lofty goal is not something that is surprising coming from this company but, we will have to wait and see if this new technology will come into fruition. TRIVIA What do the letters BMW stand for? Read to the end to find out the answer. Around the Industry: Need for Pedestrian Detection Increases as Pedestrian Deaths Hit Record High in Past Year There is a lot of new and extraordinary things being put into our vehicles today; whether it's high tech center consoles, automatic parallel parking and even some brands being as ambitious as to have your vehicle drive itself to you to pick you up. All of these things are exciting and something to look forward too but while we are looking so far ahead we are still failing at one of the most important issues on our roads today which is pedestrian detection. In 2018, we saw a 25 year high in pedestrian deaths on American roads with the total hitting a staggering 6,283 killed. The video to the right shows some of the biggest car brands on our roads today and their success, and struggles, with pedestrian detection technology. Keep in mind this technology is not yet widely available in standard vehicles today. Hopefully this issue reaches the top of every brands priorities again opposed to worrying about self driving car's or whether or not you can watch a movie on your center console while you're parked. Trivia Answer Bavarian Motor Works- Starting as a company that built aircraft engines in 1916, BMW has blossomed into one of the most iconic luxury brands globally today.