Today, Episode 58! Volvo and Nvidia partner up for improved autonomy in Volvo’s early 2020 vehicles; self driving cars pose a serious health risk; and, Waymo racks up 10 million miles of on-road tests (and 7 billion simulated miles!) and prepares for its first revenue autonomous taxi service.
Annnnnd…. we’re back with Episode 56! Sorry for the brief, unscheduled break the last two weeks, but let’s dive in and pick up where we left off! Today: a brief discussion on our last #FridayPollDay on Twitter, and then: the Feds get serious about autonomous cars (in a good way); autonomous cars may actually get in the way of pedestrian-friendly urban cores; and GM’s Cruise Automation gets a further $2.75 billion from Honda! All this… right now.
Today, Episode 55! We talk about BMW’s autonomous motorcycle; the best commercial trucking routes for autonomous trucking; and, we take a step back to look at 9 years of Waymo’s biggest milestones.
Today, Episode 54! Companies are deploying AVs at a faster and faster pace, but are we going to see safer, cheaper, and boringer? Volvo unveils it’s all-electric autonomous truck without a cab; and, Tesla whets our appetite for its fully autonomous cross-country drive with Autopilot 10 alpha, while BMW unveils its iNEXT EV, a concept car slated for 2021 that looks like a buck-toothed rhinoceros with its head transplanted onto a sledgehammer.
Today, Episode 53! Uber’s not out of the autonomous car race after all, with a new $150M investment in a new AV facility working with the University of Toronto; VW pushes for technology standardization for autonomous vehicles to ensure legal protections; and I go on a rant against articles crying out against AVs.
Today, Episode 52! GM’s autonomous car subsidiary Cruise Automation hits a regulatory roadblock to start testing in NYC; Volvo’s new 360c fully autonomous bedroom on wheels is the wrong solution to the problem of congested roadways; and, the autonomous vehicle market hits $173 billion by 2023.
Today, Episode 51! FCA gets serious about AVs with a $30M investment in an AV test facility; for the first time in history, technological development seems to be outpacing consumer demand as people get less comfortable with Level 5 full autonomy rather than more comfortable; and, Audi prepares the world for its Aicon autonomous test fleet.
Today, Episode 50! What a milestone! Germany takes on Tesla; should Universal Mobility be a thing, and if so, how; an Apple gets into a bit of a mess.
Today, Episode 49! Waymo’s autonomous Chrysler Pacifica minivans annoy the locals in Chandler, Arizona; we discuss five industries sure to be disrupted (or invented altogether) by autonomous cars; and, China gets very serious about autonomous electric cars in the US.
Today, Episode 48! We talk about VW’s investment in an in-house mobility platform built around its new vw.OS; the jobs that autonomous cars will destroy (and create); and Toyota’s $500M investment in Uber’s autonomous car tech.