autonomy


Episode #062 – Death By Uber, Cadillac Goes To 8

This week Car and Driver transportation editor Pete Bigelow drops by get some family car buying advice and discuss the first pedestrian fatality from an automated vehicle. Dan drives the Nissan Armada while same raves about the Kia Stinger and Cadillac has a new twin-turbo V8 engine.

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Autonomous Uber kills a pedestrian

Cadillac Gets A New Twin-Turbo V8

 

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Episode #058 – A Fast Jeep, Driving Assists and a Volvo Triple

Dan and Sam fired up the recorders late Friday night to marvel at the insanity that is the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and the combination of practicality and efficiency that is Hyundai’s new Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid. Sam gives a primer on advanced driver assist systems in responses to comments on the Accidental Tech Podcast #261 and Waymo gets a license to operate an autonomous ride-hailing service in Arizona. Volvo launches its first three-cylinder engine. The demise of now former Ford executive Raj Nair shows that automakers may finally be getting serious about tackling harassment and bad behavior in the workplace. Finally, Sam responds to a listener tweet asking about car makers selling our data.

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Accidental Tech Podcast #261

Waymo Gets a Ride-Hailing License

Raj Nair becomes first auto exec fired for harassment

Making money from selling your car data 

Volvo hits a triple

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

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Episode #049 – Talking Porsches, McLarens, Hyundais and Policy With SpaceKatGal

 

On this week’s edition of the show, Dan and Sam are joined by very special guest Brianna Wu, head of development at game studio Giant Space Kat, congressional candidate and all-around car geek! Bri tells us why she is so passionate about driving and why she chose her current ride, the Porsche Cayman. Dan and Sam meanwhile have to make do with a couple of fine, but far less exciting sedans, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata and the Genesis G80 Sport. Then everyone dives into a discussion the latest product from the McLaren Cars, the aptly named Senna and some speculation about the next generation Porsche 911. From driving to not driving, the conversation wraps with some thoughts on policy for autonomous vehicles and automotive cybersecurity from an aspiring politician with that rarest of characteristics in Washington, actual knowledge of the modern world and technology.

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McLaren Senna

Next-generation Porsche 911

Brianna Wu for congress

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Episode #048 – LA Auto Show, Driverless in San Francisco, What Is A Station Wagon

After a hiatus while Sam finished off a flurry of travel, the team is back for episode 48. Sam drives the 2017 Mazda CX-5 while Dan gets the Hyundai Ioniq and Mitsubishi Outlander (is it just me or does it seem like Mitsubishi has sent its entire press fleet to New England for Dan to drive?). While in Napa to drive the new Nissan Leaf, Sam talked with Jalopnik’s Jason Torchinsky about what defines a station wagon and picks up the conversation with Dan. Lincolns have names again, VW is building EVs, Sam rides in automated Chevrolet Bolt and Infiniti launches its variable compression engine.

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Lincoln goes back to names

Deep dive into the automated Chevrolet Bolt

Ford goes bespoke for AVs and moves EVs to Mexico

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New Mercedes Raises Question: What’s The Right Amount Of Driving Automation Now?

Technological innovation is nothing new to the brand with the three-pointed star. Ever since Karl Benz drove his Patent Motorwagen for the first time more than 130 years ago, Mercedes-Benz has been a technological pioneer. Along with pioneering engine technologies like diesel and direct injection, active safety has been at the heart of the brand. From the debut of the first electronic anti-lock brakes in 1978, the Mercedes-Benz S-class has consistently been the launch platform for these technologies and the 2018 edition takes another step closer to automated driving. After a week in the refreshed S560, I have to ask, is this a step in the right direction?

Read the rest of the article over at Forbes.com


Episode #046 – Comparing Benzes, Driverless In The Desert, Corvette Engine Position

This week, Dan and Sam compare notes on the two Mercedes-Benz cars they drove, the E400 coupe and 2018 S560 4Matic sedan. Sam ponders whether partially automated systems are a good idea and whether everyone should simply take the Waymo path of highly automated driving that launching without a driver this week in Arizona. With the new Corvette ZR1 about to launch, Dan bemoans its looks and the guys ponder whether this will be the last front engine Vette.

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Waymo goes without a safety driver

2019 Corvette ZR1 leaks

2018 Mercedes-Benz S560 Tech Review

2018 Mercedes-Benz S560 Luxury Review

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Episode #045 – Plugged-in Cadillac and Casey Falls In Love

This week a special guest joins Dan and Sam. Casey Liss of the Accidental Tech Podcast and Analog(ue) stops by to share his thoughts on the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and Volvo Sensus. Sam ponders the Cadillac CT6 Plug-in and his experience visiting Waymo’s secret test track in the California desert.

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Safety First As Waymo Wants To Be ‘Enablers, Not Disruptors’

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio – One Spicy Italian!

Liss is More

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Episode #044 – Wagons Are The Correct Answer, More Grip Is Better

This week Sam praises Volvo for continuing to build great wagons, Dan plays with a fast BMW and the guys discuss acquisitions, working overtime and more.

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Delphi buys nuTonomy

Ford adds grip to the 2018 Mustang GT

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Episode #042 – Maxi Mini, Family Haulin’, Car Subscriptions & Autonomous Safety

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This week, Dan hauls his family around in the Hyundai Santa Fe and Sam ponders how big a Mini can be and still be a Mini. If you have a hard time committing to just one car, subscription services like Passport by Porsche may be the answer for you. Mislabeling of metals is not a problem you can fix with an over-the-air software update and may put Kobe Steel in even more trouble than Takata. Waymo publishes a surprisingly detailed safety report about its automated driving system and the guys answer some listener questions.

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Passport by Porsche subscriptions

Kobe Steel Fakes It

Waymo talks safety

 

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Episode #041 – SuperCruising Across America, EVs Coming Up Everywhere

We’re back with a regular episode with Sam driving the Acura TLX A-Spec and Dan expounding upon the Subaru Crosstrek Premium. Last week Sam spent a couple of days crossing the heartland in a Cadillac CT6 with his hands mostly off the steering wheel. Along the way, it seems like everyone from vacuum cleaner maven James Dyson to Ford CEO Jim Hackett was talking about building EVs with GM in the middle.

General Motors upcoming electric vehicle lineup

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Super Cruising across middle America in a Cadillac

Dyson Blows Some Air about EVs

GM plans to build two dozen EVs

Ford is taking money from engines to build what else? EVs

 

 

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