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Cat Dow


Cat DowBiography

Cat Dow is a BA Law and Japanese Honours graduate of Oxford Brookes University. A six-year career in commercial business development for well-known digital technology companies, CNET Networks and Ebay, Inc. built on her extensive knowledge in digital technology. She has managed key brands such as Orange, Siemens, Microsoft, Samsung and Sage, understanding their products in both business and consumer applications. Cat combined her passion for cars as she researched, analysed and assessed complementary partnership opportunities for Gumtree Motors. She now writes about future fuels and automotive innovation. Cat edits the Connected Vehicle Technologies segment of our intelligence and analysis tool, QUBE.

Car connectivity is set to shift the traditional structure of the automotive industry significantly, as collaborations between car manufacturers and telecommunications companies become increasingly interdependent. Cat's considerable understanding in both of these sectors will allow QUBE to be your first port of call to understand the journey, as cars become more a component of our technological ecosystems, rather than simply a mode of transport.

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Hands-On-Tech

Hands-On-Tech

Our Hands-On-Tech - HOT - Reports take you through the top-spec connectivity features offered by manufacturers in detail and look to benchmark the connectivity functionality based on various test criteria.

Articles by Cat Dow


Hands-On Tech - Ford Kuga

10 July 2018

Next in our Hands-On-Tech reporting series, we take a look at Ford’s SYNC 3 system. Taking you through the top-spec connectivity features offered by manufacturers in detail, this HOT report series looks to benchmark the connectivity functionality of each manufacturer based on various test criteria. Onto the third iteration of the SYNC system, Ford is going from strength to strength.


Hands-On Tech - Volkswagen T-Roc

19 June 2018

This is our Hands-On-Tech (HOT) reporting series*. Here, we take a look at the top-spec connectivity features offered by manufacturers in detail, looking to benchmark the connectivity functionality based on various test criteria. Volkswagen’s compact crossover T-Roc takes on the best-selling Nissan Qashqai in a very busy and fiercely competitive segment. So how does the technology, Car-Net, now available across the range, fare as a value proposition? 


Jeep CompassHands-On Tech - Jeep Compass

8 May 2018

This is our Hands-On-Tech (HOT) reporting series*. Here, we take a look at the top-spec connectivity features offered by manufacturers in detail, looking to benchmark the connectivity functionality based on various test criteria. The Jeep Compass is fast becoming a global best-seller, biting at the heels of its rivals in almost every key market including the US, India and Europe. But is all this glory a little misplaced? Performance-wise, not one jot. But if Jeep want this love affair to last forever, they need to make some major tweaks. 


Astra dashHands-On Tech - Vauxhall Astra

9 April 2018

Seventh in our Hands-On-Tech (HOT) reporting series, we take a look at Vauxhall’s Intellilink system. Taking you through the top-spec connectivity features offered by manufacturers in detail, we look to benchmark the connectivity functionality based on various test criteria. Available in Europe since October 2015, the Astra features GM’s Intellilink system and award-winning Onstar telematics service, where humans assist rather than automated messenger.


Hands-On Tech - Peugeot 3008

2 March 2018

Sixth in our Hands-On-Tech (HOT) reporting series, we take a look at the Peugeot 3008’s i-Cockpit technology. Taking you through the top-spec connectivity features offered by manufacturers in detail, we look to benchmark the connectivity functionality based on various test criteria. Having won European Car of the Year 2017, the Peugeot 3008 set a high expectation. Where technology was concerned, however, it offers more style than substance.


Hands-On Tech - BMW 5-Series

2 February 2018

Welcome to the fourth feature in our newest reporting series. Our Hands-On Tech, or HOT, Reports take you through the top-spec connectivity features offered by manufacturers in detail and look to benchmark the connectivity functionality based on various test criteria. This month we take a closer look at the BMW 5-series. With more functionality than any other car we have tested to-date, BMW is definitely moving in the right direction in aligning a great connected user experience and safe driving. 


Hands-On Tech - Kia Rio

19 January 2018

Welcome to the third feature in our newest reporting series*. Our Hands-On Tech, or HOT, Reports take you through the top-spec connectivity features offered by manufacturers in detail and look to benchmark the connectivity functionality based on various test criteria. This month we take a closer look at the Kia Rio, with a grade 3 trim spec. It’s the first car in our series to feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so we’ve also included an in-depth review of these applications.


Tesla Model SHands-On Tech - Tesla Model S

29 November 2017

Welcome to the second feature in our newest reporting series*. Our Hands-On Tech - HOT - Reports take you through the top-spec connectivity features offered by manufacturers in detail and look to benchmark the connectivity functionality based on various test criteria. This month we take a closer look at the groundbreaking system in the Tesla Model S. As the only manufacturer offering over-the-air (OTA) updates to each one of its vehicles, regardless of the date of purchase, Tesla’s unique approach in the world of connected vehicle technologies sets it apart from the rest.


Kenny HawkQ&A with Mojio CEO, Kenny Hawk

3 November 2017

Software platform developer, Mojio, is set to go from strength to strength, working directly with the mobile carriers to connect our older cars. Cat Dow catches up with Mojio CEO Kenny Hawk on what the team does and its plan for the future.


XC90's Android homescreenHands-on-Tech - Volvo XC90

24 October 2017

Welcome to the first in our newest reporting series*. Our Hands-On Tech, or HOT, Reports take you through the top-spec connectivity features offered by manufacturers in detail and look to benchmark the functionality based on various test criteria. First to be tested, the award-winning Volvo Sensus system, as currently featured in the XC90, XC60 and brand-new XC40, Volvo's first compact SUV.




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