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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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Singapore has selected Delphi to provide a fleet of automated taxis in a pilot test, beginning later this year. Engineers, acting as “safety drivers”, will accompany select commuters in the first phase of the pilot test. By 2019, the company expects to introduce driverless pods in a small, controlled section [...]
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I went to shoot the +BMW USA 340i this morning as the sun was making its appearance
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Self-driving +Uber cars to be built by +Volvo Cars 
IntelliSafe Auto Pilot interface (photo credit: Volvo) It's no secret that the end-game for ride-hailing firms like Uber, Lyft and Didi Chuxing is to replace tens of thousands of human drivers with autonomous vehicles. In the past year, Uber has launched its own autonomous vehicle development program, Lyft has partnered with [...]
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+Ford Motor Company and Baidu are investing $75 million each into Velodyne to advance the development and commercialization of lidar sensors for autonomous vehicles
Ford CEO Mark Fields shows off the new Velodyne Puck sensor at a press conference on CES Press Day, January 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada ahead of the CES 2016 Consumer Electronics Show. Veoldyne Lidar devices help autonomous cars scan the road ahead and plot a safe course. The [...]
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The +Buick Cascada isn't a sports car, but it's a damn handsome cruiser for sunny summer days
Buick hasn’t offered very many convertibles in the past several decades. In fact the last one was the short-lived Reatta that went away 25 years ago. Open-air Buick driving is finally back thanks to the fact that the brand is now sharing most of its lineup with Opel, General Motors’ European division. The Opel Cascada …
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I don't recall seeing any of these around here before, but I think it's a great golden digger wasp
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A Sunday morning thought piece. Do ride-hailing companies have a stand-alone future? Or will they all get absorbed by automakers? 
Volvo Cars and Uber join forces to develop autonomous driving cars (photo credit: Volvo) With the recent announcements of aggressive plans to deploy autonomous vehicles in ride-hailing services, the end-game for the companies in this space seems clear. All of the tens of thousands of drivers they’ve been recruiting in recent [...]
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Caught the moon this morning as it was about to descend below the horizon
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VideoAutonomous Ford Fusion prototype (photo credit: Ford) This week Ford Motor Company CEO Mark Fields and CTO Raj Nair visited the company’s Palo Alto research center again to announce plans to build what may end up being the world’s first series production fully autonomous vehicle. At least it’s the first announcement [...]
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As I was hunting for those destructive japanese beetles, I spotted this katydid on the lilac
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My thoughts after driving the 2016 Honda Civic sedan for a week. When I learned to drive in a 1981 Civic, a car like this would have put the premium brands to shame. 
It’s been more than three decades since I took driver’s ed in a 1981 Honda Civic hatchback. In the intervening years, every segment of the car market has grown progressively larger, heavier and more powerful in response to tougher safety regulations and expanding customers. Last fall, Honda launched the ninth-generation Civic on an all-new global …
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Education
  • GMI Engineering and Management Institute (Kettering University)
    B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, 1985 - 1990
  • Scott Park Secondary School
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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
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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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Food good, nice view
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