Ep 45: Apple worker steals AV secrets; Daimler, Bosch roll out AV taxis; FCA goes after Tesla

Episode 45! Our final episode of the season before going on a brief summer break: A (now former) Apple employee steals Apple’s autonomous car secrets; Daimler and Bosch get ready to roll out a test autonomous taxi service; and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles declare war against Tesla.

Ep 44: VW’s EV car sharing, AV traffic woes, people love driving

Today, Episode 44! We talk about VW’s new EV car sharing program “WE”; we discuss the paradox of increased traffic caused by AVs; and (some) people will always love driving. PLUS: I spotted that mysterious, unmarked, debadged, white Subaru autonomous test vehicle roaming the streets of SF! Photo over at marchoag.com!

Ep 43: RoboMart, Levandowski starts a new thing, an AI roadblock

Happy 4th of July! Today, Episode 43!┬áRoboMart.ai┬áis the autonomous grocery store on wheels you didn’t know you needed; Anthony Levandowski of Google/Waymo/Uber fame, and creator of lidar, has just launched a new thing; and, are autonomous cars about to plough into a brick wall in the form of an AI roadblock?

Ep 42: SPECIAL: World’s first podcast recorded while driving a Tesla Model S with Autopilot?!

Today! A very special podcast episode — and quite possibly the world’s first! — recorded inside a Tesla Model S while driving from San Francisco to Palo Alto with Autopilot engaged, complete with my personal thoughts, feedback, and critique! Also: Ford releases an interesting test about active cruise control’s ability to avoid unnecessary traffic jams, and what it means for a fully autonomous car future!

Ep 41. May Mobility launches autonomous electric shuttle service; the GM AV1; Faraday Future gets $2B investment!

Today, Episode 41! (Sorry for being a bit late, and short, this one…) We discuss the very cool, imminent launch (as in, tomorrow) of Ann Arbor-based May Mobility fully autonomous, electric, 6-seater shuttle bus; GM trademarks the name “AV1”; and, Faraday Future is back from the brink of death with a whopping $2B investment!

Ep 40. Paradoxes: AVs and environment; AVs and car brands; AVs and cities

Today, Episode 40! We discuss paradoxes! Specifically: With AVs making it easier for people to drive more places more frequently and more distances, what does this mean for the environment? What do AVs mean for more drive-oriented, enthusiast car brands? And, with AVs effectively killing all sorts of driving infractions including moving violations and parking tickets, what will cities do to avoid going bankrupt?

Ep 39: Apple hires ex-Waymo engineer; Volvo invests in Luminar Lidar; Enterprise partners with Voyage; rideOS

Today! Apple hires a former ex-Waymo engineer for its Project Titan autonomous car project; Volvo invests in lidar maker Luminar; Enterprise and Voyage partner up for autonomous car rentals. PS1. We learn a bit more about rideOS. PS2. We discuss a listener’s feedback.

Episode 38: MarcHoag.com launches; remote vehicle operation; the BYTON K-BYTE EV AV; comma.ai retrofits a non-Autopilot Tesla

Autonomous Cars with Marc Hoag gets its new home on the web over at MarcHoag.com! Please check it out and share with your friends and colleagues! Today: Remote control cars — basically drone cars — help automated systems in the first and last mile of driving; another electric AV startup, Byton, announces it’s all new concept the K-BYTE (as a successor to its previous concept, the M-BYTE); and comma.ai successfully retrofits a pre-2014 Tesla with Autopilot to more or less drive itself. PS1. Porsche’s Taycan officially unveiled PS2. Something weird driving around the streets of San Francisco…

Episode 34, Part 2: AV rollout, Waymo, Cruise Automation

Today! We loop back to Episode 34 to do Part 2, in which we discuss the roll out of automation in the commercial shipping space first; Waymo’s 100x increase in Chrysler Pacifica self driving minivans and their plans to license their tech; and Cruise Automation’s infusion of $2.25B from SoftBank.