#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 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 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.

Ep 87: VW claims AV costs not worth it; Pittsburgh to become AV epicenter; my rant on Tesla’s “full self-driving capability” claim

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.”

Ep 84: California autobahns for AVs; a new way to deploy AVs; Elon Musk’s claim for full self driving this year

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.

Ep 83: Predictive vision for AVs; Future of insurance; Ford & VW to partner up?

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.

Ep 82: My solution for AV traffic problems; infrastructure upgrades to expedite AV deployment; when WILL we see L5 AVs, anyway?

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.

Ep 81: Air traffic control for cars; Amazon invests in AV startup; how will 5G be deployed?

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!)

Ep 80: Car sharing to be fast-tracked by Hollywood; AV task force; AVs to be mandated by ADA

Today, Episode 80! Can Hollywood bring about the cultural shift to wean people off of privately owned cars and into shared cars? Does a New Jersey autonomous vehicle “task force” represent the first glimmer of my proposed FAVA “Federal Autonomous Vehicle Administration?” And finally, I suggest that autonomous vehicles will eventually be mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act.