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Sam Abuelsamid, Senior Research Analyst

Sam Abuelsamid

Sam Abuelsamid is a senior research analyst contributing to Navigant Research’s Transportation Efficiencies program, where he leads the Mobility research service. With a focus on automated driving, mobility services, telematics, connectivity, cybersecurity, and propulsion systems, Abuelsamid works with clients to help them understand emerging technology trends and shape strategies.

Trained as a mechanical engineer, Abuelsamid has more than two decades of experience as a product development engineer in the automotive industry, working on advanced electronic control systems and embedded software and architecture. Prior to joining Navigant Research, he worked as an automotive journalist and worked in product and technology communications at Ford and General Motors. Abuelsamid regularly contributes to a number of publications, including Forbes, Automotive Engineering, and others. He holds a BSc in mechanical engineering from Kettering University.

Recent Reports

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  • Leveraging 48 V Systems for Improved Automotive Performance and Efficiency

    2017 saw the first notable adoption of 48 V electrical systems in Europe. To a significant degree, this was driven by the backlash against diesel as a means of achieving reduced greenhouse gas emissions and fuel consumption. In the US, fuel remains relatively inexpensive, and the prevailing political climate at a federal level has s...

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  • Transportation Electrification Drives Motor and Power Electronics Innovation

    The market share of vehicles motivated primarily by electric propulsion remains mired in the low single digits globally, though it is projected to grow significantly in the coming decades. Despite the modest consumer adoption of fully electric and strong hybrid propulsion, automakers and suppliers are dramatically expanding their el...

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  • Navigant Research Leaderboard: Automated Driving Vehicles

    Assessment of Strategy and Execution for 19 Companies Developing

    2017 saw a continuing acceleration of the pace of development in the automated driving sector, as many of the companies involved have shifted from a R&D stance to production engineering. With concerns about driver distraction mounting, automated driving is increasingly seen by many as the best solution to eliminating this danger...

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  • Market Data: EV Market Forecasts

    Global Forecasts for Light Duty Plug-In Hybrid and Battery EV Sales and Populations: 2017-2026

    Set to pass 1 million sales in 2017, the global plug-in EV (PEV) market will notch 6 years of annual growth of 40% or more since PEVs were introduced in 2011. The rollout of long-range battery EVs (BEVs) at sub-$40,000 price points is boosting market adoption, and the global market should see continued growth at around 38% through 2...

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Recent Blog Posts

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  • Advanced Driver Assist System Vehicles May Require Pricier Repairs

    May 31, 2018

    Bosch, the world’s largest automotive supplier, held a media event this May at its Flat Rock, Michigan proving grounds to demonstrate its latest technologies including new advanced driver assist systems (ADAS). In addition to all the components and systems that Bosch sells to most of the world’s automakers, Bosch also provides ...

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  • HD Maps Might Help Teslas Stop Running into Fire Trucks

    May 24, 2018

    Recently, a Tesla in Utah ran into the back of a stationary fire truck at high speed. This is the second such incident this year and the National Transportation Safety Board is already investigating the earlier incident. Incidents involving Teslas get news coverage because of the strident safety claims made by Elon Musk for his co...

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  • Lack of Automated Vehicle Test Standards Is an Oversight

    May 3, 2018

    In a capitalist economy, companies have a fiduciary responsibility to maximize the returns for their shareholders. That can often be at odds with the general public good. Ideally, political and regulatory leaders can find ways to strike a balance between the two that helps the economy grow and allows the populace to be safe. When it...

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  • Ford Takes the Exit Ramp from the Car Business

    May 1, 2018

    In many respects, the company that Henry Ford built more than a century ago moved America from the cart to the car (this October will mark the 110th anniversary of the Model T). Today, Ford is undergoing another transformation as the transportation market continues to morph. During its 1Q 2018 financial results, Ford confirmed that ...

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Recent Press Releases

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