Speaker: Rebecca Lindland


Ep. 125 – Trusting Your Assistant

With the whole crew back in action, Sam has been driving the Lexus LS500h. Rebecca samples a couple of luxury SUVs in the form of the Audi Q8 and Volvo XC90 T8. Meanwhile Dan learns that you can trail-brake a Toyota Sienna minivan before jumping into the Subaru Ascent. In California, PG&E has been shutting down power to try prevent wild fires and it’s impacting EV drivers. Tesla has released a less than fully baked Smart Summon feature and AAA tests a bunch of other driver assist systems that serve to demonstrate that human drivers need to stay alert.

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California Power Outages

Consumer Reports takes on Smart Summon

AAA ADAS Study

2019 Lexus LS500h review

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Ep. 124 – What’s Premium

This week as Dan helps the kids with homework, Rebecca and Sam perform an automotive duet. Sam drove the Honda Civic Type-R for a week while Rebecca had the Toyota Rav4 hybrid and Cadillac XT4. The timing of Rebecca driving the Cadillac was fortuitous as Sam had just returned from driving the new Lincoln Corsair and we dive into the differences between the two.

In the news, Canoo unveiled its first product, a small electric van that will be offered by subscription only. Amazon ordered 100,000 electric delivery vans from Rivian and Acura unveiled a new ad campaign that focuses on driving. Finally, Hyundai and Aptiv team up on automated driving.

Links

2020 Lincoln Corsair first drive

Hyundai and Aptiv team up on AVs

Amazon orders 100,000 Rivian vans

Acura’s new ads

Canoo debuts without paddles

Honda Civic Type-R

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Ep. 123 – Escaping From Focus

Rebecca has been off cavorting on a new Lexus yacht before coming home to move some stuff in the Toyota Sienna. Meanwhile Sam has enjoying the premium cabin of the Kia Telluride and Dan does a bit of four wheel drifting in the Audi Q3. Rebecca and Sam each got to try out the 2020 Ford Escape in gas and hybrid form and found it has shifted more toward its Focus sibling. Sam also got to check out the interesting new user interface of the upcoming Byton M-Byte during his latest jaunt to Silicon Valley.

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2020 Ford Focus

2020 Ford Focus Hybrid

Byton User Interface

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Ep. 122 – Porsche Gets Charged Up

This week we have lots of vehicles to talk about. Rebecca drove the Mercedes-AMG GTC Roadster to the US Open, and the Honda Accord Hybrid in SoCal. Sam discusses the Mazda CX-5 Diesel and the base Volkswagen Atlas. Dan shares his take on the Toyota 4Runner. Then we dive into the Porsche Taycan and how we evaluate vehicles. Sam also discusses the cool new Drive Labs video series from Nvidia that gives an introduction to how multiple neural networks work together to power an automated driving perception system.

Links

Porsche Taycan

More Porsche Taycan

Nvidia Drive Labs

2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel review

Mercedes-AMG GTC

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Ep. 121 – Wretched Excess

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The gang is all back together this week. Since we last talked about the garage, Sam has been driving the Lincoln Navigator in San Francisco, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio in Ohio and Jeep Gladiator in Michigan. Rebecca escapes a ticket in the Honda Civic Sport and Dan has been road tripping in the Cadillac XT6.

We review the goings on at Monterey Car Week and the legacy of Ferdinand Piech.

Links

Karma Revero GT

Cadillac XT6

Ferdinand Piech

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Episode #119 – The Value Proposition of New Cars

It’s a slow news week so the crew is just talking about the cars they’ve driving. Rebecca opens it up with the second-generation Audi Q3 while Sam has been in the 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie. Dan proclaims his love for the Mazda Miata which remains one of the last true roadsters available. Rebecca and Sam got to drive the 2020 Nissan Versa in Nashville and Rebecca tells the story of driving the 2020 Subaru Outback in the wilds of Northern California.

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2020 Nissan Versa

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Episode #118 – Meeting Expectations

The whole crew is back this week as they delve into the garage. Sam drove the BMW X2 M35i, Rebecca had the Volvo S60 sedan and Dan sampled the GMC Acadia. The Corvette C8 conversation continues with two-thirds of the team having now seen it in person. While feelings about the center console have been slightly tempered, they still aren’t positive. The GM theme concludes with Sam’s thoughts on the 2020 Cadillac XT6 before we wind down the evening with a couple of listener questions.

Links

2020 Cadillac XT6 first drive

2020 Chevrolet Corvette

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Episode #116 – Electrifying Racing

This time around Sam and Rebecca sat down on the rooftop of the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge where they were staying while attending the finale of the 2018-2019 FIA Formula E season. Our duo talks about driving the Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro and the Nissan Leaf Plus. After the garage talk they dive into electric racing with the Jaguar i-Pace e-Trophy series and Formula E. The show wraps up with a talk Rebecca recorded by Allan McNish, team manager of the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team.

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Jaguar i-Pace e-Trophy racing

FIA Formula E

Nissan Leaf Plus

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Episode #114 – Managing Brands

Dan is back and talking about the BMW X2 M35i that he used to shuttle his kids around on a family trip. Rebecca goes beyond the infotainment of the Lexus RC350 F-Sport and Sam swaps a Rav4 with flaky bluetooth for a Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE. In the news, the crew discusses GPS spoofing and high-definition maps. Rebecca and Sam went to the Fiat Chrysler What’s New event and talked with Transmission and powertrain head Jeff Lux about electrification and brand management. Speaking of electrification, the new Ferrari SF90 Stradale is a plug-in hybrid with a front-wheel-drive electric mode.

Links

Ferrari SF90 Stradale hybrid modes

2020 Chrysler Voyager

2020 Dodge Charger Widebody

GPS Spoofing

HD Maps for Mobility

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