Ep 89: Japan to allow cell phone use on L3 cars; proposal for new AV levels; Waymo sells its lidar kit

Today: Japan is laying the foundation to prepare for Level 3+ autonomous vehicles in 2020 by letting drivers-not-driving to use their cell phones. Meanwhile, a new proposal for the various levels of autonomy — currently SAE’s five levels — imagines a rather binary solution, i.e., a car either is or isn’t autonomous. And, Waymo starts selling its adorably named “Laser Bear Honeycomb” lidar to third parties.

Ep 72: The optimal strategy to roll out AVs; Waymo launches world’s first AV taxi; Uber strikes back

Today, Episode 72! We talk the best strategy for autonomous vehicles, and it may not be what you think; Waymo rolls out the world’s first autonomous taxi revenue service; and Uber strikes back… sort of(ish).

Ep 63: Waymo goes truly driverless in Califoria; Volvo & Baidu buddy up; Tesla Summon, FaradayFail

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.

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 55: BMW’s autonomous motorcyle; the best route for autonomous trucking; Waymo’s milestones

Today, Episode 55! We talk about BMW’s autonomous motorcycle; the best commercial trucking routes for autonomous trucking; and, we take a step back to look at 9 years of Waymo’s biggest milestones.

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.

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 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.

Episode 23. Open Source AVs; Model X hits gym; Waymo’s philosophy

Today: Autonomous taxi startup Voyage open sources its testing software; a Tesla Model X hits the gym (literally); and, we discuss an important detail contrasting Waymo’s philosophy of autonomous car tech to that of its competitors.