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.”
Check out the trailer for my first ever video review of a car, in this case, a Tesla Model 3 with Autopilot, because of course!
Today, Episode 74, THE SEASON 2 FINALE! Today: I make a few announcements; I answer some listener-submitted questions; we discuss whether autonomous vehicles will eventually need a government body like the FAA/ICAO/IATA for aviation; and, we talk about the Tesla driver who fell asleep, and why it’s such an incredibly strong validation for a future of autonomous vehicles.
Waymo gets approval to test its autonomous cars without backup drivers in California; Volvo & Baidu team up to work on L4 autonomous taxis in China; Tesla readies Summon, while Faraday Future becomes Faraday Failure.
We’ll discuss why the trolly paradox isn’t a real issue after all, or at least, why it shouldn’t be; Tesla’s Autopilot V9.0 with Navigate on Autopilot is a game changer; and we look at countries’ preparedness for an autonomous future round the world.
Today, Episode 59: Tesla (Elon Musk, really) has just removed the rather confusing “fully self driving” functionality option on Tesla cars’ order forms; we learn a few bit of details — without much detail, honestly — about the Apple Car; and I discuss an interesting article on how six US cities are preparing for the AV car revolution. All this, right now!
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.
Episode 45! Our final episode of the season before going on a brief summer break: A (now former) Apple employee steals Apple’s autonomous car secrets; Daimler and Bosch get ready to roll out a test autonomous taxi service; and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles declare war against Tesla.
Today! A very special podcast episode — and quite possibly the world’s first! — recorded inside a Tesla Model S while driving from San Francisco to Palo Alto with Autopilot engaged, complete with my personal thoughts, feedback, and critique! Also: Ford releases an interesting test about active cruise control’s ability to avoid unnecessary traffic jams, and what it means for a fully autonomous car future!
Today (1) We wonder how police will pull over an autonomous car; (2) We ponder ways to make autonomous cars socially acceptable (3) Tesla announces full self-driving features coming in August.