Ep 39: Apple hires ex-Waymo engineer; Volvo invests in Luminar Lidar; Enterprise partners with Voyage; rideOS

Today! Apple hires a former ex-Waymo engineer for its Project Titan autonomous car project; Volvo invests in lidar maker Luminar; Enterprise and Voyage partner up for autonomous car rentals. PS1. We learn a bit more about rideOS. PS2. We discuss a listener’s feedback.

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 34, Part 2: AV rollout, Waymo, Cruise Automation

Today! We loop back to Episode 34 to do Part 2, in which we discuss the roll out of automation in the commercial shipping space first; Waymo’s 100x increase in Chrysler Pacifica self driving minivans and their plans to license their tech; and Cruise Automation’s infusion of $2.25B from SoftBank.

SPECIAL: UC DAVIS Professor Sperling’s “3 REVOLUTIONS” Presentation

SPECIAL! If there’s one episode you listen to on this podcast, make it this one. I had the privilege of attending a presentation by Professor Daniel Sperling, the Distinguished Blue Planet Professor, and Founding Director, Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis; and Board Member, California Air Resources Board.

Episode 33. Car data privacy; Autopilot deceptive; Uber quits AZ

GDRP goes live and we take a look at the implications for the connected car; consumer groups attack Tesla for “Autopilot” name; Uber gives up on autonomous car testing in Arizona.

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.