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.
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!
Happy 4th of July! Today, Episode 43! RoboMart.ai is 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?
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!
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!
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?
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.
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…
Today (1) We wonder how police will pull over an autonomous car; (2) We ponder ways to make autonomous cars socially acceptable (3) Tesla announces full self-driving features coming in August.
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.