Episode #7 – Arrogance Is No Way To Get People To Accept Self-Driving Cars

After a brief delay due to some personal scheduling issues (ok it was all Dan’s fault!) [it was totally my fault – D], Dan and Sam are back with another vibrant discussion about the week in vehicles and transportation. In the garage we talk about GM’s shifting crossover strategy with the 2017 GMC Acadia and Honda growing the Ridgeline into a real truck. Then the talk turns to cars that talk to each other, the Google cars project transforming into Waymo and Uber behaving badly yet again (big surprise there!). Finally, in Q&A Sam gives tries to give a brief […]

Sensor Fusion Webinar

If you’re interest in some deeply geeky talk about sensor fusion for self-driving cars, you can now check out the replay of today’s SAE webinar with presentations from Valeo, DSpace and your humble host. Some very good discussion of how the perception systems that will be part of future vehicles are being built. https://event.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1126262

NHTSA Moves Ahead With V2V Mandate

More than two years after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) first issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking to mandate vehicle to vehicle (V2V) to communications in the U.S. the agency is finally ready to move forward. Following an extended comment and testing period, NHTSA today published the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for what is expected to become Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 150. Read the rest of the article on Forbes

Episode #6 – Making Maps, How Many Speeds is Enough? Who Do You Trust?

This week Sam doesn’t let a cold stop him from talking with Dan about the Volvo XC90 T8 plug-in hybrid and the Kia Cadenza. The news starts with Mobileye’s efforts to build high-definition maps for autonomous cars, the latest automatic transmissions from General Motors and Ford. The discussion then veers off into George Hotz open-sourcing his Comma One hardware and software before tackling the latest prognostications from Ford futurist Sheryl Connelly. The show wraps up with some listener e-mail from Zack and Jonathan. With Self-Driving Cars, We’re All Cartographers Ford’s futurist foreshadows consumer trends to watch in 2017 Here is the […]

Episode #5 – Do We Need Another Oil Crisis? How About A 1,000HP Electric Luxury Sedan?

  This week Dan and Sam shift from SUVs to cars as we discuss the 2017 Ford Focus Titanium and Audi A4 Quattro. Then Dan wonders aloud whether we need another oil crisis to get us moving toward cleaner, more efficient vehicles, and energy in general. On the topic of efficiency, Lucid Motors announced this week that they would locate the factory to build their 1,000-horsepower electric luxury sedan outside of Phoenix. In a final nod to the efficiency and technology theme, Sam talks with Ford’s Michael O’Brien about the upcoming EcoSport small SUV and Mary Gustanski, vice-president of engineering […]

Episode #4 – Staying Entertained, Informed and Engaged in the Car

In Episode 4, Dan and Sam talk about a pair of updated SUVs, the Nissan Rogue Hybrid and Mazda CX-9 before getting deep into why GM delayed the launch of SuperCruise on the Cadillac CT6. While SuperCruise will monitor the human operator to make sure they continue paying attention while not driving, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto provide means to keep the driver entertained. As much as we might want to use smartphone based infotainment, it’s likely to be a dead-end technology. Finally, your humble hosts tackle some listener emails about visibility and opining on cars we haven’t yet driven.

Episode #3 – Jaguar Goes Electric, Mazda Goes Diesel and Who Knows AutoPilot

  In this round, Dan and Sam drive the Volkswagen Beetle Dune and the Mazda3 Hatchback. Sam went the Los Angeles Auto Show/Automobility LA where he saw the reveal of the second generation Mazda CX-5, the Jaguar i-Pace and sat down with Ali Vahabzedeh, founder and CEO of on-demand, commuter van-ride service Chariot. They also discuss what drivers think AutoPilot means.  

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Episode #2 – Electric Ferrari and Hyundai models, Peak Auto, Cord Revival

This week, Dan and Sam discuss the Volvo XC60 and Hyundai Elantra Eco in the garage. From there we dive into Hyundai’s next big thing, the Ioniq dedicated electrified vehicle platform that launches in December. The electrification talk then spreads into Ferrari before we turn back on reviving classic brands like Cord. We finish up with a discussion of whether the car market has peaked.