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Sam Abuelsamid
Works at Navigant Consulting, Inc.
Attended GMI Engineering and Management Institute (Kettering University)
Lives in Ypsilanti, MI
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As we progress (or is that regress?) toward a self-driving future, GM is getting proactive on the safety front
DETROIT—Saying the automaker is always looking ahead to the future, top executives from General Motors announced plans Thursday to recall a fully autonomous car by 2021.
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Last summer a pair of robins built a nest in the middle of a fuschia hanging on the deck so we put up in another, hoping they'll be back
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Over the past couple of weeks as I've been working in my outdoor office, on several occasions I've noticed a cardinal flying into the lilac bush off to my left

I took a look and noticed a nest taking shape, and sure enough when I checked again today, there were several small speckled eggs in there that look like cardinal eggs. 
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You won't mistake the BMW i3 for anything else on the road

After a week with the +BMW i3, I came away impressed with a lot of what Munich has accomplished here and thinking it might be time to get rid of the brake pedal. 
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As I was sitting writing this morning, another of the leftover butterflies leftover from last summer emerged

This is the third of about 8 unhatched chrysalises from last year that has come out. When this eastern black swallowtail first came out, the wings were all scrunched up and gradually expanded over about 15 minutes. 
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If car sharing increases in popularity, should cars have standardized UIs?
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Today Hyundai becomes the first automaker to launch Android Auto

Anyone that purchased a 2015 +Hyundai Worldwide Sonata with the navigation head unit can bring it their local dealer for a free software update that will enable +Android Auto support.  For now there is no news about Apple CarPlay support although since the Google I/O developer conference is also happening this week, I'd guess that we'll hear something the week of June  8 when Apple holds it's Worldwide Developer Conference. 

I got demos of both systems back in January http://sam.abuelsamid.com/2015/01/19/trying-out-android-auto-and-apple-carplay-with-hyundai/
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+Chip Burnett I've been testing a Pioneer unit for a few weeks for a review and you might want to look at one of the Alpine or Parrot units instead
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Another member of the backyard wildlife brigade
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A little Swiss (in French, we call these guys "suisse")
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Pickup trucks can be hugely useful for a lot of jobs, but they can also be just plain huge

It's good to see Pickuptrucks.com publish a piece that looks at reasons why you might not want actually buy one. Personally, I've long been of the opinion that for my lifestyle, a truck is a great thing to be able to borrow (see item 5 in the list).
By G.R. Whale. I'm a pessimist and a contrarian — I've been that way for years and I don't see imminent change on the horizon. I've also been playing with pickup trucks for 40 years. After recently having a few in the driveway simultaneously, I realized there are good reasons not to buy a pickup ...
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FWIW, Hyperlapse works great on both the 2014 Moto X and the Motorola Droid Razr HD
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+David Gross side load
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The competition in the American rear-drive sports car segment is about to get a lot hotter

+Chevrolet has just revealed the the 2016 Camaro and the +Ford Motor Company Mustang is going to have a real battle on its hands. #camarosix  
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Meh. I've never liked the back end
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I can't wait to drive this beast

2017 +Ford Motor Company GT
It would appear as though Ford VP of design Moray Callum wasn’t kidding when he told us at the GT supercar’s 2015 Detroit auto show reveal that “the styling is 95 percent complete.” Our spy photographers managed to track down the first 2017 Ford GT prototype as it left Ford’s Dearborn headquarters, and aside from tailpipe extensions for emissions-testing […]
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Occupation
Auto writer, photographer, technologist and social media consultant
Skills
writing, editing, photography, video, all kinds of technology
Employment
  • Navigant Consulting, Inc.
    Senior Research Analyst, 2014 - present
  • WPP Group
    Automotive product writer, editor, technologist, 2011 - 2014
  • Weber Shandwick
    Account Supervisor, 2010 - 2011
  • TRW
    Principal Engineer, 2000 - 2007
  • Kelsey-Hayes
    Vehicle Development Engineer, 1991 - 1994
  • Delco Moraine NDH
    Development Engineer, 1990 - 1991
  • LucasVarity
    Development engineer, 1994 - 2000
  • Autoblog
    Technical Editor, 2006 - 2010
  • ICON Creative Technologies
    Technical Editor/Director, 2007 - 2010
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Ypsilanti, MI
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Hamilton, Ontario - Ann Arbor, MI - Fenton, MI - West bloomfield, mi
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I'm an all around content creator and technologist
Introduction

After 22 years working as an engineer in the auto industry I've made the transition to journalism and communications. After joining AutoblogGreen and later Autoblog on a part-time basis in September 2006 I became the technical editor for Green Fuels Forecast, Diesel Forecast, Hydrogen Forecast in January 2008. 

From mid-2008 I also became the technical director for ICON Creative Technologies in Ann Arbor, MI producing a variety of content for clients including numerous live video webcasts. In my role as technical director I also developed solutions to a variety of needs including producing live web video streams from a vehicle test drive. In addition to my writing, I also do most of my own photography, video shooting and editing and was one of the regular hosts of the Autoblog podcast for two years.

Since late 2010 I've been working in automotive communications, creating media content in written and visual form and developing new ways of presenting that content. 

In my roles first at ICON, Weber Shandwick and now WPP I've provided counsel to clients on how to more effectively communicate with non-traditional media outlets .

Specialties: My background in automotive engineering gives me a perspective on how the process of developing cars works and an in-depth knowledge of the new technology being developed.

My interest in new technology has allowed me to discover and adapt tools to a variety of purposes to help clients find solutions to communications needs.

http://www.linkedin.com/in/samabuelsamid

I'm also author of Recharging the Car, Chronicling the development of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt. It's an eBook compilation of my writings about the Volt from 2007-2010.  It's available from  Amazon’s Kindle StoreBarnes & Noble’s Nook store and the Apple iBooks store.

Bragging rights
I've gone from engineering cars to engineering words about them
Education
  • GMI Engineering and Management Institute (Kettering University)
    B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, 1985 - 1990
  • Scott Park Secondary School
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