Is Apple now testing an AV with computer vision? TomTom claims to have an L5 AV and is getting into the HD mapping game; and the Feds are (incorrectly) pissed at Tesla again.
Today, on the eve of our 100th episode(!), we discuss Apple’s ongoing work with its autonomous vehicle Project Titan; the EU mandates 11 ADAS systems for all new cars from 2021; and GM’s Cruise Automation may miss their promised 2020 deployment of its first truly Level 5 robotaxis with no steering wheels, but honestly, it doesn’t matter; alternatively, here’s how they can still make that deadline.
Today: (1) We discuss the AV consortium being assembled amongst the German automakers to help share development costs (but really to cover their asses); (2) I did MIT’s trolly paradox experiment and share my results with you; (3) Apple just slashed 200 jobs from their Project Titan autonomous car project, and I think I just figured out what they’re up to.
Today, Episode 60! Autonomous taxis start replacing beloved London cabbies by 2021; Lyft pushes ahead with its Level 5 autonomous Fords; and, Apple submits another AV patent, this time, for a peloton — autonomous platooning — concept.
Today, Episode 59: Tesla (Elon Musk, really) has just removed the rather confusing “fully self driving” functionality option on Tesla cars’ order forms; we learn a few bit of details — without much detail, honestly — about the Apple Car; and I discuss an interesting article on how six US cities are preparing for the AV car revolution. All this, right now!
Episode 45! Our final episode of the season before going on a brief summer break: A (now former) Apple employee steals Apple’s autonomous car secrets; Daimler and Bosch get ready to roll out a test autonomous taxi service; and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles declare war against Tesla.
Today, Episode 40! We discuss paradoxes! Specifically: With AVs making it easier for people to drive more places more frequently and more distances, what does this mean for the environment? What do AVs mean for more drive-oriented, enthusiast car brands? And, with AVs effectively killing all sorts of driving infractions including moving violations and parking tickets, what will cities do to avoid going bankrupt?
Today! Apple hires a former ex-Waymo engineer for its Project Titan autonomous car project; Volvo invests in lidar maker Luminar; Enterprise and Voyage partner up for autonomous car rentals. PS1. We learn a bit more about rideOS. PS2. We discuss a listener’s feedback.
The one where we ran out of time discussing Jaguar’s theoretical Jaguar I-PACE SVR with 0-60 times of less than 2 seconds; and, Apple & VW’s new love affair.
We talk common sense when using semi-autonomous systems like Autopilot; Apple now the #2 autonomous vehicle company by number of CA testing permits(!); Intel’s MobilEye lands an 8 million car deal.