Ep 57: SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW: Assistant Professor of Regional Planning at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Dan Piatkowski

TODAY! Thrilled and honored to have special guest Dan Piatkowski join me on the show! Dan’s the Assistant Professor of Regional Planning at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and we’ll be discussing his article (discussed in the second segment of the previous episode) suggesting that autonomous vehicles and pedestrian-friendly cities may be mutually exclusive goals; that we can have perhaps just one or the other, but not both.

Ep 56: Feds embrace autonomous cars; AVs to impede pedestrian-only zones; Cruise Automation gets $2.75 from Honda

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.

[UPDATE] We’ll be right back… in a week(ish) ….

Hey everybody, apologies but I won’t be able to run this week’s episodes but will do my absolute best to get back to you next week…ish. Sorry, but thanks for your patience and understanding! UPDATE: Sorry folks, it looks like I’m not going to make it back till next week… apologies! 🙁  -Marc

Ep 54: AVs cheaper, safer, boringer; Volvo’s EV AV truck; Tesla’s cross-country Autopilot road trip and BMW iNEXT

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.

Ep 53: Uber invests $150M into AVs in Toronto; VW pushes for AV standardizations; my rant against articles against AVs

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.

Ep 52: GM’s Cruise Automation hits roadblock in NYC; Volvo’s 360c self-driving bedroom; AV market numbers

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.

Ep 51: FCA invests $30M into AV test facility; consumers not ready for Level 5 cars; Audi’s releases an Aicon

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.

Ep 49: Waymo annoys locals; industries disrupted by autonomous cars; China gets serious about EVs and AVs in the US

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.