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Episode #089 – Plugged In Jag and Semi-Driverless Sorta Robo-Taxis

We’re back with seat time in the Honda Odyssey, Jaguar i-Pace, Mazda6 Signature and Volkswagen Jetta S. Meanwhile Waymo sort of launches a commercial sort of driverless robo-taxi service, Porsche tests ultra-fast charging and Aston Martin reveals some engine details about the Valykerie.

Links

Waymo One soft launch

Aston Martin Valkyrie

Porsche ultra-fast charging

Full review of the 2019 Jaguar i-Pace

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Episode #033 – Faster, Slower, Fix It Now or Fix It Later

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This week Sam is in the slightly quicker Civic, the Si sedan, Dan stays on-road in the off-road Jeep Compass and the guys delve into fixing diesel Volkswagens, regulations for automated driving and whether anyone will ever make any money on self-driving software. Also, Waze comes to Android Auto, the end of big cars and a contemplation on how to fix Lincoln.

Links

The automated driving economy turns into the app store economy

Who’s ultimately responsible for fixing recalled Volkswagen diesels

Will automated cars cost $400,000? Spoiler alert, no.

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Episode #24 – Hauling, Firing, Hiring, Renting and Banning

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This week Dan and Sam discuss driving the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, hauling decking materials with the new aluminum bodied Ford F250 Super Duty and hauling ass in the Shelby GT350. In the news since the last episode, Lyft will be testing Waymo’s minivans in addition to Chevy Bolts, Theresa May wants to ban internal combustion engines by 2050 and the first two salaried job losses are announced at Ford as Mark Fields and Ray Day head for the door.

Last week Sam was speaking at the Connected and Autonomous Vehicles conference in Santa Clara, Calif. and the chance to talk with Tom Wang, chief product officer of Turo and Peter Rawlinson, CTO of Lucid.

Links

British Conservatives Propose Banning ICEs by 2050

Ford CEO and Comms VP Lose Their Jobs

Ford’s Big Management Shuffle Is About Changing Perceptions

Lyft and Waymo Hook Up.

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

 

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Episode #19 – The Race For Autonomy, New Tech For Old Cars And Flat Tires

This week Dan and Sam drive the 2017 Toyota Sienna AWD and BMW 530i and talk about what happens when a run-flat tire loses pressure. Then we talk about Tesla’s market value and why it ranked so low in the new Navigant Research Automated Driving Leaderboard Report. It’s going to take decades before the newest technology displaces all the existing cars on the road. In the meantime, there are upgrades possible for the existing fleet to keep older cars relevant.

Links

2017 BMW 530i, The Just-Right German Sports Sedan

Running on Empty With Run-Flat Tires

 

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Episode #12 – Driving Long-Range EVs and Snow-Bound Muscle Cars

After a week off due to busy schedules, Dan and Sam are back. In the garage, we’ve driven the Genesis G80, Honda Civic Sport hatchback and a Chrysler Pacifica that went back smelling like a bunch of Deadheads had hit the road in it. Sam went to California to drive the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV on some of the same roads where he first drove the Tesla Roadster nine years earlier and finds that those that don’t want to wait for a Tesla Model 3 should be taking a serious look this new entry. Dan, took the Pacifica north to Portland, Maine to bomb around in the snow with an all-wheel-drive Dodge Challenger GT. We also answer some reader messages and play an interview with GM designer Stuart Norris.

Links:

Leave The Brake Pedal, Take The Bolt – Driving Chevrolet’s New EV

ABG First Drive: Hitting the road in the Tesla Roadster!

 

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