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 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?

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 32. City design; Americans scared of AVs; Aviation & AVs

We talk about the impact AVs will have not just on city design, but on building design, too; I go on a mini-rant about the 73% of Americans that are scared of AVs; and we discuss what we can learn about AVs from studying airplanes..

Episode 31. Autopilot common sense; Apple’s AVs; MobilEye

We talk common sense when using semi-autonomous systems like Autopilot; Apple now the #2 autonomous vehicle company by number of CA testing permits(!); Intel’s MobilEye lands an 8 million car deal.

Episode 24. BMW’s view on AVs; Tesla avoids crash; Tesla exec quits

Our 2-monthiversary! Today: BMW says humans aren’t ready for AVs; a Tesla’s Autopilot swerves to avoid being flattened by a big rig truck; and — coincidentally — Tesla’s Autopilot lead heads to Intel.

Episode 23. Open Source AVs; Model X hits gym; Waymo’s philosophy

Today: Autonomous taxi startup Voyage open sources its testing software; a Tesla Model X hits the gym (literally); and, we discuss an important detail contrasting Waymo’s philosophy of autonomous car tech to that of its competitors.