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Where are Self Driving Cars Going, When, & How?

The Situation

Every year the Milken Institute organizes a global conference that is so rich in content, deep in subject matter, and all encompassing of what is going on that it is almost overwhelming.

Among the literally dozens of panels at this year’s conference was 6 experts from government to publishing to academicia talking about the future of transportaton and how weill be getting around in the future.

Why Significant

It is noteworthy, that among all of the presentations about every thing imaginable that Milken elected to feature this panel plus Eric Schmidt, Apple Chairman as the luncheon speaker talking about Googles Cars

An hour will spent: This is a panel video that you will want to watch, make notes, route, and seek to get up to speed on Self Driving cars. Don’t miss it and more Milken video on the main site.

News You Need to Know

Alternative-Blockchain-Uses-650x350 Off the Chart Demand: Blockchain Technology Getting Set to Come to Automotive Systems

The Situation

Blockchain technology was created to support the currency Bit Coin.
Appears the rapid adoption by banks, securities, insurance changing things.
Blockchain has never been hacked so this may be the solution to car hacking.

The Significance

Blockchain Technology is coming to automotive if not already here.
Savings being experienced by banks will come to automotive systems.
Insurance companies using BT to sell insurance & mutual funds means F&I applications.
Airline loyalty programs to be migrated to OEM and dealer loyalty programs.
People are turning to Blockchain for solutions and auto will soon.

Get up to speed on BlockChain from Business Week article May 23 issue

toyota-mirai-live-21-820x420 Step on it, Elon!–Here Comes Toyota with Hydrogen Powered Green Marai

The Situation:

Toyota seeks to take back Green Image claimed by Tesla.

Toyota hopes hybrid-gas-electric car will get 45 mpg.

Marai creates its own electricity on demand to power motor.

. Hydrogen powered vehicle can be fueled in 5 minutes.


Problem: no H2 fueling stations, only 16 in the U.S.

Will give Toyota the Opp to regain green image & spotlight.

Cost of the Marai: $57,500 or lease for $500/month.

First Element Fuels building 19 H2 Fueling station in CA with Toyota loans.

Shunning electrics because of battery constraints.

See Forbes well done article for more

Elbowing out UC - 200x-1 Making Sense of Fragmented UC Market: Disruptor Vroom Brings No Haggle & More


Vroom business model similar to UC Retailers except refurbishes & guarantees
Competitors are Beepi, Shift, & Carvana.
Seeks to make used car purchase amazing mechanically & cosmetically.
Specializes in accident-free, low mileage, & inspected used vehicles.


Removes hassle, haggle, & hard sell; Works to get car out the door quickly.
Logistics algorithm provides inventory management like factory assembly line.
Needs to move volume because overhead higher than online providers & dealers.
Delivery is free and soon to be in 24 hours with company drivers .

Zoom in on this Vroom story to learn how more disruption is coming to traditional UC market. _________________________________________________________________________________
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John Zazzera PartnerBlueline Associates - 12/31/1969

Focus on Financial Services Strategy: Fleet Exec to drive Added Managed Services Division of Blueline Business & IT Consulting

BlueLine Associates has brought in John Zazzera as a Partner to lead the new Managed Services Division, Business Process & Transaction Outsourcing to expand BlueLine’s financial services offerings.

In addition to Managed Services, BlueLine is expanding its business to include Application Development and Support and Staffing.

Zazzera will be focused on the continued growth and global expansion of BlueLine Associates from the company’s new Philadelphia office

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