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Autonomous Cars with Marc Hoag
12 minutes | Oct 15, 2021
#196-Tesla FSD Transfer
Today, I discuss the potential legal issue surrounding Tesla's FSD, specifically, whether it can -- or can't -- be transferred to a future Tesla vehicle, especially considering that none of us have received the very thing we paid for.
43 minutes | Oct 8, 2021
#195-Pouria Paknejad, More on Tesla FSD Beta, etc.
Today: Pouria Paknejad, More on Tesla FSD Beta, etc. In today’s third installment in the ongoing discussion on Tesla’s imminent, infamous FSD beta deployment, I’m joined by Motiv Mobility advisor, fellow attorney, all-around tech and automotive nerd and guru, and dear friend, Pouria Paknejad, as we thoroughly discuss, dissect, debate, and devour all there is surrounding this polarizing experiment by Team Elon and Co. Have a listen, and be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen; and don’t forget to follow me on all social media @AutonomousHoag and on YouTube, too.
22 minutes | Oct 1, 2021
#194-Tesla's FSD Beta request deployment, Part II
Today: Tesla’s FSD Beta request deployment So picking up where we left off last time, I unpack the five metrics Tesla is using to calculate your “Safety Score” to determine whether you’re lucky enough to get access to Tesla’s Full Self Driving beta. I also dive into a few questions and concerns, and try to cover as much as ground as possible. Have a listen, and be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen; and don’t forget to follow me on all social media @AutonomousHoag and on YouTube, too.
22 minutes | Sep 24, 2021
#193-Tesla's FSD Beta request deployment
Today: Tesla’s FSD Beta request deployment! Tesla’s (supposedly) about to finally deploy its infamous Tesla FSD Beta to a wider audience… sort of. Tonight. Maybe. And it’s not really a full deployment, rather it’s a “Request” button which will enable those of us, like yours truly, who already purchased FSD, to — you guessed it — to “request” FSD Beta. After requesting, Tesla’s insurance system will analyze your last seven consecutive days of driving to determine whether you “qualify” for FSD Beta. I unpack the ins and outs of what this all means, whether it’s fair — or even legal — and the big elephant in the room question, whether this is a smart thing to do, not to mention, whether it’s safe. Have a listen, and be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen; and don’t forget to follow me on all social media @AutonomousHoag and on YouTube, too.
23 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
#192-VW's AV plans, Germany's AV legislation, Tesla's FSD beta v9
Today: VW’s impressive AV plans, Germany’s AV regulation, and Tesla’s FSD beta v9. All this... right now. VW’s AV plans VW has pivoted from being the leader is diesel fuel, to a potential leader in the EV space; and now it’s doing the same with its AV initiatives with everything from a software platform to its co-ownership with Ford of Argo.ai. Germany’s AV legislation Germany seems poised to pass legislation allowing for driverless Level 4 autonomous vehicle driving on its roads come 2022, provided certain rules are adhered to, including and especially the use of remote backup drivers and assumption of all liability by the operators. Tesla FSD beta 9 Tesla FSD beta 9 is here and I … discuss it. A bit. Sort of.
25 minutes | Jul 9, 2021
#191-7/11 charging stations; Cruise passenger rides; Volvo XC90 with Level 4 Lidar
Today: 7/11 installs EV charging stations; Cruise starts driverless passenger rides; Volvo announces a Lidar-equipped Level 4 XC90 for 2022. All this... right now. 7/11 chargers They're not quite Super Gulp Slurpies -- or whatever 7/11 calls its diabetes-inducing ambrosia these days -- but 7/11 is indeed moving forward with a plan to install some 500 chargers at their various stores across the US. This is a pretty great idea if only to entice folks to stop and buy up more junk food from their stores, except for one problem: the chargers are likely supplied by ChargePoint, which means fairly meager speeds; and considering the average stop at a 7/11 is perhaps five minutes or so, the actual value to an EV owner is next to none, so I'm not sure how this is going to play out for 7/11 down the road. Cruise starts driverless passenger rides Cruise has finally received the appropriate permits to start passenger rides with its driverless test vehicles, but crucially, the rides cannot yet be for revenue service until their receive yet additional permits. In contrast, for instance, Nuro is able to do for-revenue deliveries with its little delivery bots, but this is because they're transporting packages and food, not human passengers. Still, this is a great and exciting next step for Cruise. Volvo's L4 Lidar-equipped 2022 XC90 I've been a fan of Volvo and its impressive Vision2020 mission to eliminate human death or serious injury in all Volvo vehicles, not to mention Volvo's push towards an electric, autonomous future; the next-gen XC90 aims to be their first big step in this direction. The 2022 XC90 SUV will come with Lidar as standard -- a first in the industry, and a really big deal -- and be capable of Level 4 autonomous driving on highways (regulation permitting, and with a software update to activate).
22 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
#190-Cruise in Dubai; Tesla's vision-only FSD v9.0; Mercedes EQS
1. Cruise in Dubai: Cruise becomes the exclusive partner to launch a robotaxi service in Dubai from 2023 to 2030, with the aim of getting 4000 Cruise Origins on Dubai's roads. 2. Tesla's vision-only FSD v9.0: Elon announces that a soon-to-be-released version of Full Self Driving beta, v9.0, will be "vision-only," meaning no radar, and of course, still no lidar, i.e., it will be camera-based only. 3. Mercedes EQS: The new electric S-Klasse, the EQS, is a technological and aesthetic marvel, but it falls short on offering any truly revolutionary semi-autonomous driving technology.
31 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
#189-Xpeng; Insurance; The Safety Pool
Today: 1. The conclusion for Xpeng's cross-China AV trek 2. The auto insurance industry in an autonomous future 3. A huge AV simulation testing service
20 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
#188-Xpeng, BMW, Cruise & Voyage
Today: 1. Xpeng starts a six day autonomous trek across China 2. BMW's larger, curvier iDrive suggests revolutionary AV capabilities 3. Cruise does indeed acquire Voyage, but I'm not entirely pleased with the implications All this... right now.
44 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
#187-Allen Witters, CEO, T4L
***This episode brought to you in party by The Information. Get 75% off your first month at TheInformation.com/Hoag*** My guest today is Allen Witters, the CEO of T4L -- that's Transportation for Life -- a brand-agnostic electric vehicle subscription service that already has over $3M in pre-orders, and is already eyeing an IPO; they've also got a WeFunder page. If that sounds a bit much, a bit too sudden, a bit too everything to be true, that's because the T4L team are determined to do their part to expedite the world to an electric vehicle future by removing every obstacle, road block, and hindrance to EV ownership along the way. First off, T4L is not a car sharing platform; it's a car subscription platform. Second, in case this brings back memories of GM's failed Maven service, say, or Mercedes' recently pulled plug on their subscription service, too, remember that both Volvo and Porsche are still pushing strongly with their respective subscription services. Third, this is an altogether different sort of subscription model more akin to a cell phone purchase. While there are several subscription tiers available (including a "for life" plan), it's the decidedly cell phone-type plan that I think is most intriguing, wherein you pay for a fixed number of miles and time, and you either use it all or you don't. What's more interesting is the interplay with third party subscriptions: residential condominiums, or corporate clients, for example, can subscribe to T4L's services and then provide the vehicles to their tenants or employees. To use a somewhat less extravagant analogy, think of hotels that provide bicycles for their guests. What's most astonishing, though, is that T4L even provides life time electric vehicle charging and will even install the appropriate chargers onsite if needed. And if that's not enough, they're even developing so-called EV experience centers for people to hang out, browse various EVs, and even get a coffee. There's a lot to unpack here, so fortunately I got about 40 minutes with Allen discussing all the ins and outs of of T4L and their mission, so I hope you're sitting comfortably, because Episode 187 with Allen Witters, CEO of T4L, begins now.
50 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
#186-Noel Marshall, Senior Account Executive, Schaeffler
My guest today is Noel Marshall of the drive-by-wire team over at Schaeffler's US offices. We discuss everything from their Indy Autonomous Challenge; the SAM Car Project; the USDOT inclusive design challenge; and tackle some of the much broader issues surrounding autonomous vehicles, society, and much more besides.
18 minutes | Mar 13, 2021
#185-More on AVs being EVs; teleops shouldn't be AV; Argo.ai's Munich Airport test track
Today: 1. I explain further why AVs need to be EVs, and talk about Cruise's huge new charging station in SF 2. I explain why teleoperations should be considered as an alternative to AVs 3. Argo.ai has partnered up with LabCampus at Munich Airport to develop an AV test track
26 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
#184-AVs must be EVs in CA; delivery bots are pedestrians; Tesla's California DMV FSD beta submission
Today: 1. All AVs must be EVs in California by 2025 2. Pennsylvania recognizes delivery bots as "pedestrians" 3. I debate the notion that Tesla's FSD beta is nothing more than a glorified L2 system
19 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
#183-Didi & AutoX; Honda's L3 Legend; Cruise Buys Voyage?
1. We reflect on Didi and AutoX's progress on autonomous ride sharing in China; their remote control center; and the validation of AVs in a covid world 2. Honda surprises the world with the first publicly available L3 vehicle 3. Cruise may have just bought Voyage
22 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
#182-NHTSA's final rule for AVs; GM's new AV test track; Baidu in California
NHTSA: Final barriers to be removed thanks to NHTSA's final rule on AVs GM: The new circular test track offers 4 lanes and 62 mph AV testing Baidu: They get ready for numerous deployments in China and become the 6th company in California to get a driverless testing permit
23 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
#181-Volkswagen & Microsoft; UK embraces AV; Germany close to passing L4 legislation
1. Volkswagen and Microsoft partner up to deploy an automotive cloud solution for OTA updates and AV capabilities 2. UK values AVs at £42B by 2035 3. Germany gets closer to allowing L4 vehicles on public roads
20 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
#180-Apple buys lidar; Lucid gets SPAC'd; Volvo's solution for motion sickness
Apple buys lidar: Apple is off shopping for lidar. I theorize that they're likely going after solid state lidar. Lucid gets SPAC'd: First Faraday, and now, as I predicted, so has Lucid, to the tune of $4.4B. Volvo's solution for motion sickness: Volvo is using predictive data to solve motion sickness with audio queues.
33 minutes | Feb 12, 2021
#179-Faraday Future; Aurora & Toyota; Apple Car
Faraday Future: FF just went public via a SPAC valuing the troubled EV automaker at $3.4B Aurora & Toyota: The AV technology company partners up with Toyota to utilize their Sienna minivan for ride hailing fleets Apple Car: Apple's long-rumored Apple Car is apparently not happening with Hyundai-Kia; so what's going on?
62 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
#178-Season 6 Premiere-Jessica Uguccioni, Lead Lawyer at the Law Commission of England and Wales
Guest: Jessica Uguccioni, Automated Vehicles Review - Lead Lawyer, at Law Commission of England and Wales Topics: The Law Commission of England and Wales' review of the UK's regulatory framework for AVs on behalf of the UK Government's Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV)
31 minutes | Dec 24, 2020
#177-SEASON 5 FINALE: My (HUGE!) Model Y Review, the Holiday Special 2020
Watch this review on my YouTube channel: YouTube.com/AutonomousCarsWithMarcHoag Read this review on my Medium channel So I know this review has been a long time coming; those of you who listen to my podcast will remember that my wife and I took delivery of our white-on-white Tesla Model Y Long Range All Wheel Drive in June of this year; based on a delivery tracking site, I think it’s safe to say we were one of the first in California to take possession of that particular configuration. And now, after already hitting just over 16,000 km (10,000 mi) as of this writing, I feel confident that I can finally give a properly objective review of this undeniably astonishing, if flawed, machine. By now, however, you’ve all read and watched enough superlative-laden reviews about all Teslas’ face-distorting teleportation-like acceleration — suffice to say the Model Y is for all intents and purposes nearly as quick as the Model 3, if admittedly a bit less agile, as expected — so this review will focus instead on four main areas: design; flaws; my thoughts on the latest build of Autopilot, because of course; and charging. So let’s dive in, Episode 177, the Season 5 finale and Holiday Special for 2020, begins now….
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