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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 #086 – Complete with sirens from Magic City

This time out, Sam is recording from a hotel room in Miami as we discuss the Volvo XC40 T5 and its goofy shifter design, the Audi Q5 and its surprisingly fast handwriting recognition and the marvelous Kia Stinger. Subscriptions may or may not be the future of car buying, assuming car buying even has a future in an age of automated vehicles. Faraday almost certainly has no Future and Walmart joins Ford’s automated delivery test program.

Links

2019 Volvo XC50 T5 Momentum

Cadillac closes the Book on subscriptions for now

Probably no future for Faraday

Walmart and Ford team up on automated deliveries

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Episode #079 – Larry Burns Talks About Autonomy

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In this special episode of Wheel Bearings, Sam sits down with Larry Burns, retired SVP of R&D and Strategic Planning at General Motors to talk about his new book, Autonomy: The Quest to Build the Driverless Car—And How It Will Reshape Our World. Since retiring from GM in 2009, Burns has been an educator and consultant including working with the Google Self-driving car project and Waymo since 2011. The book is a great read for anyone interested in learning more the history of the DARPA Grand Challenge and development of automated vehicles in the past decade.

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Episode #070 – Acura Returns To Its Roots and FCA Has A New Plan

This week Sam really likes the third-generation Acura RDX, Dan likes the Mazda CX-5 and then they try hard not to talk about Tesla and mostly succeed although you can see more of Sam’s opinion on the subject at the link below. The guys also talk GM and Softbank and the upcoming product plans for Chrysler and Dodge. Just kidding on the last part, there are no known product plans for Chrysler and Dodge but Jeep, Ram, Alfa Romeo and Maserati are all getting new stuff.

Links

GM Cruise and Softbank Hook Up To Work on Deploying Automated Driving

Tesla Updates Brakes Over the Air, What Could Go Wrong?

FCA’s New Five Year Plan

 

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Episode #067 – Luxury SUVs, Plug-in Minivans and Bad Decisions

Sam spends time with the Range Rover Velar and laments touchscreens that can’t be seen through polarized sunglasses. Dan continues to be impressed by the Genesis G80 and lauds the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid as a great family hauler that is also really efficient. Rolls-Royce follows the crowd and launches and SUV named after what else? a massive diamond. The guys lament the deather of the Cadillac ATS. Waymo is learning to see through snow, Uber can see but doesn’t know what to do and battery fires don’t always stay extinguished.

Links

Rolls-Royce Cullinan

Waymo Learning to See Through Snow

Uber Can See But Still Doesn’t Know What To Do

Self-re-igniting batteries

Cadillac ATS dies

 

 

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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.

Links

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 #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.

Links

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.

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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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.

Links

Passport by Porsche subscriptions

Kobe Steel Fakes It

Waymo talks safety

 

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Episode #036 – Rome Isn’t Burning, Why Skip The VCs? & Diesel Crossovers

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Wheel Bearings 36

The guys are back with a regular episode wherein we drive sibling vehicles from Korea, the Hyundai Elantra Sport and Kia Niro FE. Sam was wiped out last week after a whirlwind trip to San Francisco for the City of Tomorrow symposium hosted by Ford. While there he got the chance to talk with Bryan Salesky, one of the most experienced software engineers working on automated vehicles. Fiat Chrysler is also trying to get a foothold in the automated driving space while rumors of a Chinese acquisition swirl. Meanwhile GM still hopes that diesel can give them a competitive edge with the 39 mpg Chevy Equinox.

links

FCA Joins BMW/Intel Autonomous Driving Partnership

Chevy Equinox Diesel rated at 39 mpg highway

Uber Kills Leasing Program

Future of Smaller Automakers May Be As Tier 1 Suppliers

Ford Makes $1B Bet On Argo.AI As Recruiting Tool

Kia Niro Review

Sam’s column for the Sept 2017 issue of Automotive Engineering: For Future Vehicles, Communication Equals Trust

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