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Episode #063 – Praising Sedans, Self-Crashing Teslas and Self-Driving Waymo-Jaguars

This week, Dan and Sam come in favor of a couple of very different sedans, the plug-in hybrid BMW 740e and the latest generation Honda Accord. Despite how different these cars are, both feature a 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder engine under the hood. The show is a bit late because Sam was travelling in California last week for the Nvidia GPU Technology Conference. Meanwhile on the opposite coast, Waymo and Jaguar announced a deal, Nissan unveiled an Altima with variable compression ratio, VW took the wraps off a pickup truck concept, and Lincoln showed the first of new generation of vehicles from Ford.

Sam also goes on a rant about another fatality in a Tesla running on AutoPilot. We remind you that NONE of the vehicles currently in production with various levels of partial automation are self-driving. These are all driver assist systems and we ask you to keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel. Thanks

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Episode #057 – Casey Returns, More Alfas and an Electric Mini

In this week’s rambling episode, Accidental Tech Podcast co-host Casey Liss returns to talk about his experience with the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and compare notes with Sam. Sam also brings up his experience trying to drive the Giulia Quadrifoglio in the wake of a winter storm and Dan talks about the new Mini Countryman plug-in hybrid. The conversation then returns to the prior discussion Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system and Casey’s newfound frustrations with it. Dan is considering replacing his Crown Victoria with a Mazda6 and Casey is continuing to ponder the new Jeep Wrangler.

Links

Winter Driving in the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Sam’s Take on the Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Casey on the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

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Episode #047 – Hybrids Galore, Trashing Tesla and Uber

The guys are back with some Thanksgiving car chatter after a week of travel for Sam. It’s a full slate of hybrids in the garage. Since the last show, Sam has driven the Toyota Highlander Hybrid and the fuel-cell Toyota Mirai. Meanwhile, Dan gives his take on the Toyota Prius Prime and the new Volvo XC60 T8 Twin-Drive. From there, the conversation devolves into complaints about touchscreens in cars and the future of voice recognition. Then we take on the king of the car touchscreens with the launch of the Tesla Semi, a new Roadster and production problems. Finally, the Uber has messed up again with a massive data breach that was concealed for a year.

Let’s give thanks that at least for now, we can still drive for ourselves.

Links

Toyota Prius Prime Review

Thoughts on the Tesla Semi from a former trucker

Uber Gets Hacked

Debating in-car touchscreens

 

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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.

Links

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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Toyota Prius Prime Gets The Plug-in Hybrid Right, Now About That Design

Ok, let’s immediately deal with the elephant in the room. The Toyota Prius Prime is not an attractive vehicle. In fact, to my eyes, it’s quite homely. Now that we have that out of the way, I’ll leave the aesthetic judgements to your own tastes and move on to how Toyota’s sophomore effort at a plug-in version of its icon works. While the first-generation Prius PHV was a bit of a swing and a miss, the functionality this time is in most respects a home run.

Read the rest of the review at Sam’s Thoughts


Episode #043 -Form Way Behind Function, Cheap New or Better Used?

This week, Sam talks about driving the Prius Prime which if you can get past the design is a really good and fuel efficient car. Dan ponders Mitsubishi Mirage GT and whether it’s really worth buying a new car when you can something slightly used that’s way better and then transitions to the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack.  Volvo launches its first dedicated car for the Polestar brand, a 600-hp plug-in hybrid coupe, Audi rolls out a second-generation A7 and Tesla fires a whole bunch of people. Dan explains why he doesn’t watch Star Trek Discovery and Sam gives his verdict and the guys answer additional listener questions.

Links

Polestar 1

2019 Audi A7

Tesla mass firings

Star Trek Discovery

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Episode #30 – Crashing and Electrifying

Wheel Bearings 30

Wheel Bearings 30

As we head into the second half of 2017, Dan and Sam have a bunch of stuff to discuss including spending time with the Chevrolet Bolt and the air conditioning capacity of the Mazda CX-9. In the news topics, Tesla responds badly to IIHS crash test results, Volvo adds electrons to its full lineup and sales of the Kia Niro and Hyundai Ioniq reflect the changing character of the automotive market as a whole.

http://hespenrally.com/

Finally, if you are in the Detroit area on August 6, 2017, please come join the Hespen Rally to honor the memory of Patrick Hespen and help raise funds for research into a cure for cholangiocarcinoma , the rare cancer that took Patrick’s life way too soon. There were will be lots of cool cars and Patrick’s friends, family and colleagues. Register at http://hespenrally.com/

Links

Tesla Takes on the IIHS

Volvo Electrifies and the media misreports it

Kia Niro outsells Hyundai Ioniq

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Episode #28 – Luxury Econocars, Big Trucks and Malaise vs Autonomy

Wheel Bearings #28

Wheel Bearings #28

This week Dan and Sam return to the Ford F-250 Super Duty which Dan is now driving and compare it to the Chevy Silverado 2500. They also talk about BMW’s $100,000 economy car, the 740e plug-in hybrid. Topics include the departure of Travis Kalanick from Uber, the 2017 edition of J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study and a bunch of listener questions including a recommendation of the Mazda6 and contemplation of which is worse, the malaise era or the coming autonomy era?

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2017 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study Results

 

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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 2017 Ford Trends Report

George Hotz is giving away the code behind his self-driving car project

Chevrolet’s First 9-speed Auto Debuts in 2017 Malibu

 

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