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Episode #29 – Big Sedans, Servicing Autonomous Vehicles, Racing Old Cars

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This week Sam drives a couple of big American sedans, the Buick LaCrosse and Lincoln Continental and Dan samples the Mazda CX-9. This devolves into a chat about Chris Lattner and working with/for Elon Musk and using rental car companies to service fleets of autonomous vehicles. Then Sam goes all analog with a visit to the Great Race stop in Ypsilanti, Mich.

Links

The Great Race

The Great Race comes to Ypsilanti

Chris Lattner bails on Tesla’s AutoPilot program after less than 6 months of working for Elon Musk

Avis to Service Waymo’s Autonomous Vehicle Fleet

 

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Episode #27 – Jags That Burn Oil On Purpose, Cars That Are Too Good and Some That Aren’t

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This week we talk about a diesel powered Jaguar XF, a BMW 5 Series that so good it’s boring, the big shuffle at Uber, whether car makers will be the tier 1 suppliers to the tech industry for automated driving and answer a whole bunch of listener questions including some background on Sam’s engineering career.

Carmakers Could Be Tier 1 Suppliers To Tech Companies For Autonomous

Buick HiPer Strut Suspension

Changes at Uber

Do Driver’s Cars Matter Anymore?

Increasing Collaboration Between Auto and Tech is Better For Everyone

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Episode #25 – Aging Trucks, New Crossovers, Vintage Convertibles and Cheap EVs

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This week Dan and Sam discuss lots of listener comments and questions throughout the show. Dan has spent the week with the Toyota Tundra and advises a listener to look elsewhere for their hauling needs. Sam has the new Chevrolet Equinox and also discusses his new acquisition, a 1990 Mazda Miata. In the ongoing Uber saga, former Google engineer Anthony Levandoski is now also a former Uber engineer as the ride-hailing leader fires him. The guys discuss invisible Camrys, electric vehicle conversions, autonomous shuttles and whether it is worth buying a cheap used Fiat 500e.

links

Uber Fires Anthony Levandoski

Toyota Tundra review

Autonomous Shuttles

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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 #22 – Jeep and Ram spinoff, Apple still into cars, Autonomy and Law Enforcement

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The latest rumor about Fiat Chrysler is that Jeep and Ram will be spun off as their own brand, whatever that means. We discuss how that might work and what it may mean for the rest of Chrysler. Apple is still in the autonomous vehicle game, too, and we discuss how the company has shifted its focus. Finally, we talk about how law enforcement is trying to figure out how to deal with autonomous cars in emergencies.

Links

http://jalopnik.com/watch-this-video-of-a-self-driving-chevy-bolts-close-en-1794528082

http://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/chrysler/2017/04/26/fiat-chrysler-spinoff-jeep-ram/100932960/

https://www.forbes.com/sites/samabuelsamid/2017/04/15/armed-with-a-drivers-license-apple-may-now-be-focused-on-the-brains-of-self-driving-cars/#595e8a61613a

http://blog.caranddriver.com/on-the-path-to-autonomous-vehicles-police-officers-get-left-behind/

 

 

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Episode #15 – Waymo Will See Uber In Court, Opels and Fried Chicken and Making HD Maps

 

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This week we take a second look at the Honda Civic Sport Hatchback after Dan’s had a chance to drive it and Sam takes the less ostentatious version of the Lexus ES300h that Dan had last week with the Toyota Camry Hybrid SE. Some big news broke just before we recorded as Waymo sued Uber for stealing its LiDAR technology, BMW, HERE and Mobileye team up to build HD maps for automated driving and we discuss half-baked ideas about fried chicken and Opel. Sam talks with Ford’s Alan Dona about new Ford hybrids and then we answer listener questions about performance hybirds.

Links

A note on our lawsuit against Otto and Uber

BMW, HERE And Mobileye Team Up To Crowd-Source HD Maps For Self-Driving

2017 Honda Civic Sport: The Return Of The Hatchback

 

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Episode #7 – Arrogance Is No Way To Get People To Accept Self-Driving Cars

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After a brief delay due to some personal scheduling issues (ok it was all Dan’s fault!) [it was totally my fault – D], Dan and Sam are back with another vibrant discussion about the week in vehicles and transportation. In the garage we talk about GM’s shifting crossover strategy with the 2017 GMC Acadia and Honda growing the Ridgeline into a real truck. Then the talk turns to cars that talk to each other, the Google cars project transforming into Waymo and Uber behaving badly yet again (big surprise there!). Finally, in Q&A Sam gives tries to give a brief explanation (or at least as brief as Sam can be) of how the Volkswagen diesel emissions cheat worked and why engine accessory electrification saves fuel.

NHTSA Moves Ahead with the V2V Communications Regulation

Uber Behaves Badly In San Francisco

Waymo Is Spawned From the Google Car Project

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