Today: Japan is laying the foundation to prepare for Level 3+ autonomous vehicles in 2020 by letting drivers-not-driving to use their cell phones. Meanwhile, a new proposal for the various levels of autonomy — currently SAE’s five levels — imagines a rather binary solution, i.e., a car either is or isn’t autonomous. And, Waymo starts selling its adorably named “Laser Bear Honeycomb” lidar to third parties.
Today I’m thrilled to have on the show Ro Gupta, CEO & Founder of Carmera, maker of autonomous vehicle real time HD mapping software. Following Carmera’s recent partnership with Toyota, I had the chance to talk with Ro about his background; what Carmera is up to; his thoughts on fellow HD mapping company HERE Technologies; and more besides.
Volkswagen’s head of commercial autonomous vehicle strategy says the cost of developing AVs isn’t worth it (what?!); Pittsburgh’s Mayor Bill Peduto lays the groundwork for Pittsburgh to become the epicenter of autonomous vehicle innovation, testing, and deployment; and I go on a rather lengthy rant on Tesla’s absurd claim of “full self-driving capability.”
A very special episode today as we welcome to the show Matthew Gibb, Chairman of The NEXT Education (@The_NEXT_Ed), to discuss connectivity in an autonomous vehicle world, including 5G; geo-fenced deployment; and much more besides! With a fascinating background spanning law, government, and the telecomms industry, this is an interview you absolutely don’t want to miss!
1 YEAR OF ACMH! Today: (1) BMW X1’s emergency braking sucks; (2) Singapore fast tracks AVs for elderly; (3) What AVs can learn from the Lion Air crash
Check out the trailer for my first ever video review of a car, in this case, a Tesla Model 3 with Autopilot, because of course!
A new proposal for adding autobahn-type lanes to California freeways could be the ticket to fast track AVs and EVs; are we going about AV deployment all wrong; and, we discuss Elon Musk’s bold claim that Tesla will be “feature complete full self driving” by the end of 2019, and that you’ll be able to go to sleep and wake up at your destination by end of 2020.
The University of Michigan studies pedestrian body language like gait and posture to bolster computer vision algorithms with predictive analytics; we discuss the future of insurance; and Ford and VW may finally be set to announce a $4B partnership on AVs and EVs.
I share my solution for autonomous vehicles’ traffic woes; we discuss infrastructure upgrades to help expedite AV deployment; and I share my thoughts on when, exactly, we’ll actually have fully autonomous Level 5 cars.
Today, Episode 81! The University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) has an idea to help lower AV testing costs by utilizing remote human operators; Amazon finally invests in an autonomous vehicle startup; given 5G’s limited range, how will it be deployed to benefit AVs without coverage dead zones? (Spoiler alert: I don’t know!)