#99 – Apple sourcing AV sensors; EU mandates ADAS by 2021; GM’s Cruise Automation hits road bumps

Today, on the eve of our 100th episode(!), we discuss Apple’s ongoing work with its autonomous vehicle Project Titan; the EU mandates 11 ADAS systems for all new cars from 2021; and GM’s Cruise Automation may miss their promised 2020 deployment of its first truly Level 5 robotaxis with no steering wheels, but honestly, it doesn’t matter; alternatively, here’s how they can still make that deadline.

Ep 97: INTERVIEW: Abdo Mahmoud, Senior Product Manager Affectiva, on Driver Monitoring Systems

I’m pleased to have as our special guest today Abdo Mahmoud, Senior Product Manager at Affectiva, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company developing an incredibly powerful driver (and passenger) monitoring system for L3 and L4 cars. Have a listen!

EP 96: Driver monitoring systems need to be mandatory; China builds AV-only freeway; what AVs can learn from elevators

Today, I suggest that semi-autonomous vehicles like Tesla could make people more careless, thereby reinforcing the need for driver monitoring systems sooner rather than later; China readies a 100 km (62 mi) freeway with AV-only lanes; and we discuss what autonomous vehicle makers can learn from elevators. Yes, elevators.

Ep 95: INTERVIEW: Rudy Burger, Founder & Managing Partner, Woodside Capital Partners

I’m immensely honored to welcome to our show Rudy Burger (Twitter; LinkedIn), the founder and managing partner of Silicon Valley venture firm Woodside Capital Partners. With an absolutely astonishing academic pedigree spanning Yale to Cambridge including a PhD in Digital Imaging; numerous companies under his belt, including a stint as VP at Xerox, he also founded the MIT Media Lab’s Europe branch. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the next 40 minutes with Rudy Burger.

Ep 94: INTERVIEW: My interview on German podcast “Autonomes Fahren” with Matthias Jortzik

I was hugely honored to be invited by Matthias Jortzik to join him as a special guest on his podcast, “Autonomes Fahren,” literally, “Autonomous Driving.” Based in Germany, Matthias is an electrical engineer who produces this podcast for his German-speaking audience; so this may end up becoming the first time I’m dubbed over in a foreign language! Have a listen as a dive into a fascinating 30 minute discussion on all things AV.

Ep 92 & 93: INTERVIEW: Dr. Justin P. Schorr, Ph.D., collision reconstruction expert

So we’ve got yet another special guest for today’s special 1-hour(!) two-part episode, Dr. Justin P. Schorr, Ph.D., a collision reconstruction expert with DJS Associates. Given Justin’s work on high-profile collisions involving Teslas and other semi-autonomous vehicles, we decided to dive into a fascinating 30 minute discussion that managed to explode into a whopping 1-hour conversation touching on just about every issue imaginable regarding autonomous vehicles; hence my decision to split the conversation into two parts. So sit back, relax, and enjoy…

Ep 91: INTERVIEW: AEye President, Blair LaCorte

Another day, another interview, this time, with none other than AEye President Blair LaCorte, as we talk all about the “biomimicry”  magic that is AEye.

Ep 90: INTERVIEW: Renovo CEO Christopher Heiser

Wow, we’re really on a roll with guest interviews! Today, it’s Renovo CEO Christopher Heiser as we talk all about the autonomous vehicle OS that is Renovo, and much more besides. So sit down, get comfortable, for a fantastic 30 minute interview with Christopher Heiser, CEO of Renovo.

Ep 89: Japan to allow cell phone use on L3 cars; proposal for new AV levels; Waymo sells its lidar kit

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.