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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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  • Ford Goes All-In on Trucks, Utilities, and Hybrids

    March 16, 2018

    At January’s North American International Auto Show, almost all of the significant product announcements were about new pickup trucks and SUVs from Ford, General Motors, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). Maintaining sales of those high margin vehicles will be crucial to funding the development and introduction of new and often ...

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  • A Humble Pickup Bed May Point to the Future of Mobility as a Service

    March 13, 2018

    The US auto market is no longer the largest in the world, having been surpassed by China. However, it does lead the world in one thing: pickup trucks—no one loves a large pickup truck the way Americans do. While many may consider the pickup truck a crude, agricultural implement, over the past two decades it has become anything but...

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  • Urban Automated Vehicle Deployment Needs Coordination

    March 8, 2018

    There’s little doubt that ride-hailing as a means of urban transportation is on the rise, and that trend is expected to continue unless something dramatic changes. Urban congestion is also on the increase globally. While there is a clear correlation, causation is still open to some debate—although studies seem to indicate that r...

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  • Sharing Companies Shouldn’t Get Free Rides

    February 6, 2018

    One of the big themes of recent years has been the emergence of the so-called “sharing” economy. Unless we were raised by hardcore Ayn Rand acolytes, chances are that as children we were taught that sharing is good, and I certainly subscribe to that philosophy. However, the kind of sharing I learned was about splitting cookies o...

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Recent Press Releases

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