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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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  • 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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  • Market Data: Low Voltage Vehicle Electrification

    12 V and 48 V Stop-Start Vehicles, Micro- and Mild-Hybrids, and Related Technologies: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts

    A combination of factors is pushing the auto industry to reconsider its powertrain production strategies for the next decade with an eye toward more electrification sooner. Increasingly stringent fuel economy and emissions standards are being applied in most global markets—with the possible exception of the US, which is reconsider...

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  • The Future of Last-Mile Logistics

    Mobility as a service (MaaS) is a disruptive concept that is evolving and threatening to change the nature of personal transportation by providing the convenience of mobility on demand at a lower cost per mile than owning a vehicle. Last-mile logistics (LML) is focused on the local delivery of food and small packages, as well as lar...

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Recent Blog Posts

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  • Detroit Auto Show Stars Fund Future Promised at CES

    January 18, 2018

    For many of us that keep tabs on the automotive industry for a living, the first 2 weeks of January are among the most grueling of the year. The North American International Auto Show in Detroit has kicked off the year for several decades. And in the past 10 years, International CES in Las Vegas has become an increasingly important ...

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  • Automated Driving at 2018 CES Is All About Business Models

    January 11, 2018

    Ten years to the day after my very first ride in the automated Chevrolet Tahoe that won the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge, I was in Las Vegas yet again for the 2018 International CES. In the very same parking lot where I took my first driverless ride, I climbed into the backseat of a BMW 5 series sedan sporting the logos of Aptiv and L...

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  • Disney vs. Netflix as Analogy for Auto Incumbents vs. Uber and Lyft

    January 2, 2018

    TV and movie businesses may not seem like the best analogy for the automotive industry and the future of transportation, but if you consider the evolving relationships, there are some fascinating parallels. The relationship between two of the world’s largest media companies, incumbent Disney and insurgent Netflix, is becoming incr...

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  • Even If It Doesn’t Survive, the Tesla Vision Has Already Won

    December 14, 2017

    Whatever the ultimate fate of Tesla as a business, the vision of its founders seems assured to come to fruition. They set out nearly 15 years ago to build an electric sports car that would show a skeptical public that EVs aren’t the car form of broccoli (good for you, but not much fun). The envisioned electric car would be a gatew...

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Recent Press Releases

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