Today, Episode 70! GM focuses on AVs and EVs and replace Cruise Auatomation’s CEO and co-founder with GM’s president; Daimler & Bosch prepare to roll out a fleet of autonomous S Class sedans in San Jose, CA next year; and Volvo & Luminar announce their partnership to the world, along with Luminar’s incredible ultra long-range lidar.
Today! We discuss whether you’d be more comfortable getting into a fully autonomous car (read: driverless; no human backup driver) that had the usual steering wheel, pedals, and shifter, or whether you’d be prefer something that looked truly unique and different, without such driver inputs; China launches the world’s first solid state lidar-equipped AV; and BMW readies its own solid state lidar-equipped cars with Innoviz.
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?
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.
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.
Uber’s CEO still strongly supports autonomous cars; my thoughts surrounding a lawsuit around the Model X crash; and a brief — very brief — overview on solid state lidar: smaller, better, cheaper.
Lidar maker is “baffled” by Uber autonomous test vehicle; Tesla starts rolling out its new mapping software; Porsche declares that it is NOT benchmarking the Tesla Model S. Right.