Episode 58: Volvo & Nvidia; self-driving cars will make us fatter; Waymo readies revenue service

  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.

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 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 40. Paradoxes: AVs and environment; AVs and car brands; AVs and cities

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?

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 5: Fully autonomous cars in California & Volvo’s VC fund

California’s DMV has announced that fully autonomous — driverless — cars will be allowed on the streets starting April 2, 2018. Meanwhile, Volvo has launched its own venture capital arm.

Episode 3: Bulletproof Teslas; old cars in an age of autonomy, etc.

The one where we discuss the legality of owning older cars once autonomous cars are mandated; the value of a bulletproof Tesla; and Volvo’s plans to completely end conventional internal combustion engine development.