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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


The high-resolution 9.2Hands-On Tech - Skoda Kodiaq

5 December 2018

This month in our Hands-On-Tech (HOT) reporting series, we put the Skoda Connect system to the test. 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. Skoda’s J-segment crossover impresses with a stylish design and responsive features.


Navigation test in the Qashqai raised a few real-world issues...Hands-On Tech - Nissan Qashqai

7 November 2018

Nissan’s Qashqai Pilot One Edition is this month’s test vehicle in our Hands-On-Tech (HOT ) reporting series. 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. Nissan’s attempts to leapfrog competitors to deliver a next-generation package that will future-proof its popularity and perhaps jobs in post-Brexit Britain have mixed results.


Hands-On Tech - Honda Civic

8 October 2018

This month in our Hands-On-Tech (HOT) reporting series*, we put the Honda HFT system to the test. 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. Honda concede that in-car connectivity hasn’t been its focus, and while some features hit the mark, others miss it by a good mile. 


Hands-On Tech - SsangYong Rexton

10 September 2018

This month in our Hands-On-Tech (HOT) reporting series, we put Korean manufacturer SsangYong's system to the test*. 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.


Hyundai's KonaHands-On Tech - Hyundai KONA Premium GT

13 August 2018

This month in our Hands-On-Tech (HOT) reporting series, we put the Hyundai KONA’s Blue Link system to the test. 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. Hyundai has done a good job to position its technology with what the market is currently expecting. Yet, in this fast changing world, it is a system that will date very quickly.


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.




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