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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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This is going to be fascinating to watch over the next several years, some exciting ideas here
 
Nice video about our proposed campus released today!
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The 2015 Ford Expedition EL King Ranch has plenty of power under the hood, not so much inside

If you need to tow 9,000+ pounds and haul eight people in comfort, the independent rear suspension gives the +Ford Motor Company Expedition a big advantage over the competition.Just don't expect great fuel economy unless you are dividing by the number of passengers.
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You must watch this, it's amazing time-lapse imagery of the Sun from the solar dynamics observatory
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Octopus are amazing creatures
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You should look up a YouTube series done be a guy named ZeFrank1. True Facts About the Octopus is the first one we found and it's great.

Sort of...Morgan Freeman's inner monologue while talking about various creatures.
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According to Mike Judge, when Office Space was made, Swingline didn't actually make red staplers

Judge had the crew paint a stapler red so that it would stand out more in the shots. It was only some time after the film was released and +Swingline started getting a lot of requests for non-existent red staplers that they started producing them in response. http://www.swingline.com/swingline/us/us/p/6453/S7074736E/swingline%C2%AE-747%C2%AE-rio-red-stapler-20-sheets-red.aspx#.VOn28lPF_oM
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Lol... Now I know
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A good skeptical take on an Apple car by +The Economist
APPLE’S ability to make desirable iGadgets designed for easy portability is beyond question. Reports emerged this week that it is planning to make a mobile device...
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Google's worst decision was to not at least start with having a steering wheel and pedals in it's vehicle.  They need to stick with what they are good at: software with the most minimal hardware necessary to make it work in the widest array of products possible.  To say the least, to get the most initial adoption, they should manufacture a piece of hardware that would turn any drive-by-wire vehicle currently on the market into a self-driving car.  As adoption grows, they would probably be able to get existing car companies that don't want to spend the money to develop the tech themselves to license their software for the cars they are manufacturing.

Maybe they couldn't get the car companies to let it be possible to do such a thing with an aftermarket device, but not doing so prevents them from being able to use their standard highly successful approach to bringing their products to market in a successful manner.  Not including a steering wheel and pedals just further reduces the likelihood that a person would be comfortable riding in the vehicle on public roads at normal speeds.
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Nearly two years ago, I first saw this color in a Ford design studio during an initial background preview of the 2015 Mustang and I was underwhelmed

Now seeing it on this 2015 Ford Fusion SE in the sunlight, I'm much more pleased with it. This is the first opportunity I've had to spend some quality time with the current generation Fusion after writing a lot about the car during my time on the Ford communications team. I'm really impressed with the combination of supple ride and precise driving dynamics. Unfortunately, the fuel economy is less impressive even considering the cold temperatures this week. 
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Before Android Central chief +Phil Nickinson flew off to cavort in sunny Spain, +Rene Ritchie and I joined him from our somewhat chillier climes last week to record a special episode of the podcast

We had a fun chat about how +Android Auto and Apple CarPlay work and hopefully I didn't get too deep in the weeds for you guys. 
 
Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay are going to be game-changers for many of us. But that doesn't mean we don't still have questions. So we brought in analyst (and engineer and former PR rep for a major manufacturer) Sam Abuelsamid for a fascinating discussion about what's going to change… #android
Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay are going to be game-changers for many of us. But that doesn't mean we don't still have questions. So we brought in analyst (and engineer and former PR rep for a major manufacturer) Sam Abuelsamid for a fascinating discussion about what's going to change for us in the cockpit. Of our 2005 Honda Civic. And in the second part of this two-parter, Phil has...
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Last night Juan Barnett, the @DCCARGEEK, +Dan Roth​ and I talked self-driving cars, connected cars Ford Expeditions and Mazda3 on the Autoblog Podcast 
Episode #419 of the Autoblog Podcast is here. We talk about the US government's automotive policies, the future of autonomous cars, and the Oscars debut of the Cadillac CT6.
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I'll be joining +Dan Roth on the +Autoblog podcast at 10pm EST to talk cars and stuff
Sound off with your questions for Autoblog Podcast #419. We'll record this week's show live at 10:00 PM Eastern tonight.
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It'll be good to have you back, even for the one episode! 
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I'm listening to Marc Maron interview Mike Judge on WTF right now

Before Beavis and Butthead, and Hank and Boomhauer, Judge got started doing animation with a short he made at home featuring Milton and his stapler. Nine years later, Stephen Root, Gary Cole and many others brought this environment to life in one of the all-time classic workplace movies. 
http://www.wtfpod.com/podcast/episodes/episode_568_-_mike_judge
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While an Apple car would certainly be interesting, an Apple Auto Store might actually be more disruptive
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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.

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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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