Autonomous Cars with Marc Hoag

Autonomous Cars with Marc Hoag

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Autonomous Cars with Marc Hoag is the world’s only weekly podcast dedicated entirely to driverless cars, and the #1 result on Google! We discuss the products, tech, law, policy, and societal impacts of self driving cars, what I call the greatest step change in humanity since the Industrial Revolution! MarcHoag.com Twitter.com/autonomoushoag FB.com/autonomoushoag Instagram.com/autonomoushoag LinkedIn.com/company/autonomous-cars-with-marc-hoag Copyright © 2019 Marc Hoag. All Rights Reserved. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/autonomous-cars-with-marc-hoag/support


#115-Tesla gets smarter; Mercedes quits gasoline engines; somebody writes something stupid
Sep 20 • 21 min
I experienced something pretty remarkable with a Tesla Model 3 on the latest software update; but was I imagining it? Mercedes parent company Daimler makes huge news by announcing it’s stopping all future gasoline engine R&D; and, somebody writes…
#114-2020s will mirror the 1920s; AVs destined to fail? Outsight’s 3D camera
Sep 17 • 23 min
Episode 114: It looks like the 2020s will mirror the 1920s as people welcome AVs with fear, trepidation, and anger; are AVs destined to fail? And, Outsight’s 3D camera can do some pretty magical things, like distinguish as between a plastic mannequin and…
#113-AVs on real estate; AVs for the hyper-rich? Tesla Hardware v3.0 starts to roll out
Sep 13 • 33 min
Today…. Episode 113 on Friday the 13th… an unusually long episode, this, in which we talk about the impact on real estate by autonomous vehicles; we address an article by Professor Lance Eliot (UCLA; USC) on whether AVs will be reserve for only the…
#112-Ford deals with bugs; Japan readies AVs for the Olympics; Didi Chuxing deploys AV ridesharing
Sep 10 • 18 min
Today: Ford develops a system to remove splattered bugs from its autonomous vehicle sensors and cameras; Japan set to release 100 AVs shuttling people around the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo; and China’s Didi Chuxing prepares to deploy Level 4…
#111-Apple testing AV without lidar? TomTom doing HD maps; Feds pissed at Tesla again
Sep 6 • 22 min
Today, Episode #111: 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. ALSO: My full 19-minute Tesla Model 3 review is live; watch…
#110-Training AVs with local customs; Optimus Ride rolls out; AV renaissance in Detroit and Pittsburgh?
Sep 3 • 20 min
Today: When in Rome… so how do you train AVs to blend in with the driving customs around the world? Optimus Ride rolls out in Boston and seems to be playing the right strategy. And, it looks like the AV revolution may indeed bring about a much-needed…
#109 - AVs in LA; Sidewalk cages; Lidar is a crutch
Aug 30 • 22 min
#109 - Today, I suggest that if cities embrace Uber, then they will embrace AVs; I rip apart the ridiculous article suggesting that sidewalks will become cages to protect humans from AVs (and vice-versa); and, yes, lidar is (apparently) a crutch, at least…
#108 - Season 4 Premiere: The FAVA
Aug 27 • 33 min
After three months on break, I’m baaaaaaaack! Season 4 is HERE! Today, a bit of a recap on my amazing 1 month stint in DC, followup with a deep dive into my FAVA proposal. Also, if you’d like to read the article that underpins this episode, head over to…
#107 - SEASON 3 FINALE: Interview with 3 PhDs Martin Adler; Justin Schorr; Henning Lategahn
May 17 • 49 min
As promised, we’re closing out Season 3 in a big way: I’m joined by three PhDs from around the world, Justin Schorr (Philadelphia); Martin Adler (Netherlands); and Henning Lategahn (Germany) as we dive into an absolutely fascinating, all-encompassing…
#106 - Mike Pinelis, PhD - Microtech Ventures’ MEMS AV applications
May 14 • 48 min
The penultimate episode of Season 3! A fascinating conversation with Mike Pinelis, PhD, of Microtech Ventures, coming at us from Detroit, in which we discuss MEMS applications to autonomous vehicles, and much more besides. ALSO: My full 19-minute review…
#105 - Michael DeKort, Owner & CTO, Dactyl: The need for simulation testing
May 10 • 50 min
Michael brings an entire career of aerospace/DOD research and experience to building an aerospace/DOD-caliber simulation for autonomous vehicles; his views on why simulation is absolutely essential for AVs. ALSO: My full 19-minute review of the Tesla…
#104 - Interview with Henning Lategahn, PhD, Atlatec, on 3D mapping without lidar
May 7 • 35 min
A fascinating conversation with Henning Lategahn, PhD with distinction from the University of Karlsruhe for Technology, and his startup, Atlatec, which produces 3d maps for autonomous driving and simulations without lidar; they use computer vision cameras…
#103 - More on Tesla Autonomy Day; AVs and congestion pricing; more assertive AVs will be safer
May 3 • 25 min
We dive into some more details surrounding several of Elon Musk’s claims during Tesla Autonomy Day; AVs will require increased congestion pricing (or penalties for driving around without passengers); AVs need to get more assertive in order to be safer.…
#102 - Interview with Henry Bzeih, SVP & CTO, Flex
Apr 30 • 36 min
Henry Bzeih, SVP & CTO of Flex, a large manufacturing firm with roots dating back to 1969, joins us to discuss his bird’s eye view of the autonomous vehicle industry; where things are headed; and all the challenges and difficulties getting there. ALSO: My…
#101 - Interview with Adham Ghazali, Founder & CEO, Imagry
Apr 26 • 42 min
Lo and behold, just days after Elon Musk’s bombshell that maps aren’t necessary for autonomous vehicles, Adham Ghazali, Founder & CEO of Israel-based startup Imagry, talks about how their company is doing precisely that. ALSO: My full 19-minute review of…
#100 - Tesla Autonomy Day
Apr 23 • 35 min
To celebrate my 100th episode, a special 30 minute account of the most crucial takeaways from yesterday’s Tesla Autonomy Day, during which Tesla announced to the world their breakthroughs with Autopilot Hardware 3.0 and their upcoming robotaxi Tesla…
#99 - Apple sourcing AV sensors; EU mandates ADAS by 2021; GM’s Cruise Automation hits road bumps
Apr 19 • 24 min
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…
98: INTERVIEW: Jeff Everson, Ph.D., one of the earliest pioneers of ADAS
Apr 16 • 42 min
Thrilled to share with you today our special guest Jeff Everson, Ph.D., one of the founders of ADAS, who pioneered research in the field in the 1990s. ALSO: My full 19-minute review of the Tesla Model 3 with Enhanced Autopilot is now live! Watch it here…
Notre Dame: A few words / quelques mots
Apr 15 • 1 min
EN: For the French, losing Notre Dame would be like losing the White House or the US Capitol here: it isn’t just a cultural icon admired by humanity around the world, it’s a physical manifestation of the very fabric of France and all her history. FR: Pour…
97: INTERVIEW: Abdo Mahmoud, Senior Product Manager Affectiva, on Driver Monitoring Systems
Apr 12 • 33 min
I’m pleased to have as our special guest today Abdo Mahmoud, Senior Product Manager at Affectiva, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company developing an incredibly powerful driver (and passenger) monitoring system for L3 and L4 cars. Have a listen! ALSO:…
96: Driver monitoring systems need to be mandatory; China builds AV-only freeway; what AVs can learn from elevators
Apr 9 • 23 min
Today, I suggest that semi-autonomous vehicles like Tesla could make people more careless, thereby reinforcing the need for driver monitoring systems sooner rather than later; China readies a 100 km (62 mi) freeway with AV-only lanes; and we discuss what…
95: INTERVIEW: Rudy Burger, Founder & Managing Partner, Woodside Capital Partners
Apr 5 • 44 min
I’m immensely honored to welcome to our show Rudy Burger (Twitter; LinkedIn), the founder and managing partner of Silicon Valley venture firm Woodside Capital Partners. With an absolutely astonishing academic pedigree spanning Yale to Cambridge including…
94: INTERVIEW: My interview on German podcast “Autonomes Fahren” with Matthias Jortzik
Apr 2 • 34 min
I was hugely honored to be invited by Matthias Jortzik to join him as a special guest on his podcast, “Autonomes Fahren,” literally, “Autonomous Driving.” Based in Germany, Matthias is an electrical engineer who produces this podcast for his…
93: INTERVIEW: Dr. Justin P. Schorr, Ph.D., collision reconstruction expert, Part 2/2
Mar 29 • 31 min
So we’ve got yet another special guest for today’s special 1-hour(!) two-part episode — the first part of which aired on Tuesday — Dr. Justin P. Schorr, Ph.D., a collision reconstruction expert with DJS Associates. Given Justin’s work on high-profile…
92: INTERVIEW: Dr. Justin P. Schorr, Ph.D., collision reconstruction expert, Part 1/2
Mar 26 • 33 min
So we’ve got yet another special guest for today’s special 1-hour(!) two-part episode — the second part of which will air Friday — Dr. Justin P. Schorr, Ph.D., a collision reconstruction expert with DJS Associates. Given Justin’s work on high-profile…
91: INTERVIEW: AEye President, Blair LaCorte
Mar 22 • 40 min
Another day, another interview, this time, with none other than AEye President Blair LaCorte, as we talk all about the “biomimicry” magic that is AEye. What AEye are doing is a fusion of lidar and camera vision to merge 2D and 3D, and in so doing, to…
90: INTERVIEW: Renovo CEO Christopher Heiser
Mar 19 • 36 min
Wow, we’re really on a roll with guest interviews! Today, it’s Renovo CEO Christopher Heiser as we talk all about the autonomous vehicle OS that is Renovo, and much more besides. So sit down, get comfortable, for a fantastic 30 minute interview with…
89: Japan to allow cell phone use on L3 cars; proposal for new AV levels; Waymo sells its lidar kit
Mar 12 • 16 min
Today: Japan is laying the foundation to prepare for Level 3+ autonomous vehicles in 2020 by letting drivers-not-driving to use their cell phones. Meanwhile, a new proposal for the various levels of autonomy — currently SAE’s five levels — imagines a…
88: INTERVIEW: Ro Gupta, CEO/Founder of Carmera on Toyota partnership, HD mapping
Mar 8 • 34 min
Today I’m thrilled to have on the show Ro Gupta, CEO & Founder of Carmera, maker of autonomous vehicle real time HD mapping software. Following Carmera’s recent partnership with Toyota, I had the chance to talk with Ro about his background; what Carmera…
87: VW claims AV costs not worth it; Pittsburgh to become AV epicenter; my rant on Tesla’s “full self-driving capability” claim
Mar 5 • 28 min
Volkswagen’s head of commercial autonomous vehicle strategy says the cost of developing AVs isn’t worth it (what?!); Pittsburgh’s Mayor Bill Peduto lays the groundwork for Pittsburgh to become the epicenter of autonomous vehicle innovation, testing, and…
86: INTERVIEW: Matthew Gibb, Chairman, The NEXT Education, on AV connectivity; 5G; and more!
Mar 1 • 34 min
A very special episode today as we welcome to the show Matthew Gibb, Chairman of The NEXT Education (@The_NEXT_Ed), to discuss connectivity in an autonomous vehicle world, including 5G; geo-fenced deployment; and much more besides! With a fascinating…
85: 1 YEAR OF ACMH! (1) AEB systems are not equal; (2) Singapore fast tracks AVs; (3) What AVs can learn from Lion Air crash
Feb 26 • 18 min
1 YEAR OF ACMH! Today: (1) BMW X1’s emergency braking sucks; (2) Singapore fast tracks AVs for elderly; (3) What AVs can learn from the Lion Air crash ALSO: CATCH THE TRAILER FOR TOMORROW’S 1 YEAR SPECIAL! Read, listen, and discuss this episode at…
84: California autobahns for AVs; a new way to deploy AVs; Elon Musk’s claim for full self driving this year
Feb 22 • 18 min
A new proposal for adding autobahn-type lanes to California freeways could be the ticket to fast track AVs and EVs; are we going about AV deployment all wrong; and, we discuss Elon Musk’s bold claim that Tesla will be “feature complete full self driving”…
83: Predictive vision for AVs; Future of insurance; Ford & VW to partner up?
Feb 19 • 19 min
The University of Michigan studies pedestrian body language like gait and posture to bolster computer vision algorithms with predictive analytics; we discuss the future of insurance; and Ford and VW may finally be set to announce a $4B partnership on AVs…
82: My solution for AV traffic problems; infrastructure upgrades to expedite AV deployment; when WILL we see L5 AVs, anyway?
Feb 12 • 30 min
I share my solution for autonomous vehicles’ traffic woes; we discuss infrastructure upgrades to help expedite AV deployment; and I share my thoughts on when, exactly, we’ll actually have fully autonomous Level 5 cars. Read, listen, and discuss this…
81: Air traffic control for cars; Amazon invests in AV startup; how will 5G be deployed?
Feb 8 • 13 min
The University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) has an idea to help lower AV testing costs by utilizing remote human operators; Amazon finally invests in an autonomous vehicle startup; given 5G’s limited range, how will it be…
80: Car sharing to be fast-tracked by Hollywood; AV task force; AVs to be mandated by ADA
Feb 5 • 25 min
Today, Episode 80! Can Hollywood bring about the cultural shift to wean people off of privately owned cars and into shared cars? Does a New Jersey autonomous vehicle “task force” represent the first glimmer of my proposed FAVA “Federal Autonomous Vehicle…
79, SPECIAL: I join two other attorneys on their podcast to discuss legal standards for AVs
Feb 1 • 48 min
I was invited by TuckerEllis, LLP (@TuckerEllis) to join two of their attorneys on their podcast “Driverless” (@_Driverless), in which we deep dive into a broad discussion on various legal issues surrounding autonomous vehicles, including a fascinating…
QUESTION: Should I split tomorrow’s 45 minute episode into two parts?
Jan 31 • 1 min
If you remember, I was invited to be a guest on the podcast of the law firm TuckerEllis LLP in which we discussed, above all, the standard of care to which autonomous cars should be held in an autonomous future. That episode ended up clocking in at a…
78: Florida to test AVs without test drivers; 905nm vs 1550nm lidar; Tesla driver falls asleep
Jan 29 • 16 min
Today, Episode 78! Florida mulls autonomous vehicle testing without test drivers; we do a mini deep dive into the different flavors of lidar — 950nm vs 1550nm — and another idiot sleeps in their Tesla. Read, listen, and discuss this episode at…
77: German AV consortium; I just did MIT’s trolly paradox experiment; here’s what Apple’s up to
Jan 25 • 17 min
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…
76: AVs for elderly & disabled mobility; listener Q&A; autonomous scooters
Jan 22 • 26 min
We discuss a deeply moving and inspiring email from a listener pushing for autonomous vehicles for people with disabilities; I respond to another listener’s questions; and we talk about autonomous scooters. Read, listen, and discuss this episode at…
SEASON 3 PREMIERE, EP 75: CES 2019!
Jan 18 • 42 min
The good folks over at HERE Technologies (Twitter; Facebook) invited me to join them in Las Vegas for CES 2019 and help moderate a few days of talks and conduct a few interviews. This is my account of CES 2019 generally; some exclusive interviews with…
MEET ME AT CES 2019 NEXT WEEK!
Jan 3 • 0 min
The good folks over at HERE Technologies have invited me to join them at CES 2019 next week in Las Vegas! I’ll be there Monday through Thursday, so if you’ll be there and if you’d like to meet up, let’s do it! Just schedule a 15- or 30-minute block of…
74: SEASON 2 FINALE! — Listener QA; FAA for AVs; Tesla driver falls asleep
Dec 14, 2018 • 24 min
Today, Episode 74, THE SEASON 2 FINALE! Today: I make a few announcements; I answer some listener-submitted questions; we discuss whether autonomous vehicles will eventually need a government body like the FAA/ICAO/IATA for aviation; and, we talk about…
73: Teslas go door-to-door without human input; VW & Ford; the transition to AVs
Dec 11, 2018 • 18 min
Today, Episode 73! Teslas will soon get you door-to-door with no human intervention at all; Ford & VW partner up on AV tech; and we talk about the transition from human-driven to autonomous cars in the coming decades. Read, listen, and discuss this…
72: The optimal strategy to roll out AVs; Waymo launches world’s first AV taxi; Uber strikes back
Dec 7, 2018 • 25 min
Today, Episode 72! We talk the best strategy for autonomous vehicles, and it may not be what you think; Waymo rolls out the world’s first autonomous taxi revenue service; and Uber strikes back… sort of(ish). Read, listen, and discuss this episode at…
71: Should governments slow AV deployment; US Fed relaxes regulations; AV endgame is boring
Dec 4, 2018 • 28 min
Today, Episode 71: Should governments around the world slow the deployment of autonomous vehicles to help save jobs; The US government relaxes regulations on AV deployment; the end game of autonomous cars is boring. Read, listen, and discuss this episode…
70: GM focuses on AVs and EVs; Daimler & Bosch ready AV car sharing; Volvo & Luminar
Nov 30, 2018 • 14 min
Today, Episode 70! GM focuses on AVs and EVs and replace Cruise Auatomation’s CEO and co-founder with GM’s president; Daimler & Bosch prepare to roll out a fleet of autonomous S Class sedans in San Jose, CA next year; and Volvo & Luminar announce their…
69: INTERVIEW: Martin Adler, PhD
Nov 27, 2018 • 31 min
Today, thrilled to have Martin Adler, PhD, join us from Amsterdam, on an incredibly fascinating interview that was meant to go just 15-20 minutes, but instead ended up going nearly half an hour long! Read, listen, and discuss this episode at MarcHoag.com…
68: A special UK special edition! British startup Wayve; who’s testing where in the UK; FiveAI
Nov 20, 2018 • 20 min
Today, a very special UK special edition! We discuss Wayve’s machine learning algorithms designed to let cars better learn their environments; we get an overview of who’s testing what, where, throughout the UK (hint — there’s a lot!); and, we look at…
67: Steering wheel or no steering wheel? China gets its first solid state LiDAR AV; so does BMW
Nov 16, 2018 • 25 min
Today! We discuss whether you’d be more comfortable getting into a fully autonomous car (read: driverless; no human backup driver) that had the usual steering wheel, pedals, and shifter, or whether you’d be prefer something that looked truly unique and…
66: SPECIAL: Insider tour of HERE Technologies’ Berkeley, CA garage offices!
Nov 13, 2018 • 18 min
Last week I had the great privilege to be invited to a special, invite-only media event at HERE Technologies’ garage offices in Berkeley, CA, to learn everything about their “self healing HD maps.” Read, listen, and discuss this episode at MarcHoag.com…
65: SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW: Elaina Farnsworth, CEO The NEXT Education
Nov 9, 2018 • 27 min
Today, Episode 65: Elaina Farnsworth, CEO of The NEXT Education (thenexted.com), on her mission to educate and empower the world’s talent for this new era of autonomous and connected mobility. Read, listen, and discuss this episode at MarcHoag.com Follow…
64: Illogical humans; iSee brings common sense to AVs; Cruise Automation still on track
Nov 6, 2018 • 16 min
Humans will apparently always be illogical; iSee is developing software that brings common sense “understanding” to autonomous vehicles; Cruise Automation still on track to roll out fully autonomous cars on the streets of San Francisco by next year. Read,…
63: Waymo goes truly driverless in Califoria; Volvo & Baidu buddy up; Tesla Summon, FaradayFail
Nov 1, 2018 • 20 min
Waymo gets approval to test its autonomous cars without backup drivers in California; Volvo & Baidu team up to work on L4 autonomous taxis in China; Tesla readies Summon, while Faraday Future becomes Faraday Failure. Read, listen, and discuss this episode…
62: More trolly paradoxes; Tesla’s Navigate on Autopilot; countries’ preparedness for AVs
Oct 30, 2018 • 25 min
We’ll discuss why the trolly paradox isn’t a real issue after all, or at least, why it shouldn’t be; Tesla’s Autopilot V9.0 with Navigate on Autopilot is a game changer; and we look at countries’ preparedness for an autonomous future round the world.…
61: The Trolly Paradox, again; GM’s Cruise Automation can’t see pedestrians; VW’s strategy
Oct 26, 2018 • 30 min
Today, Episode 61! We talk again about the trolly paradox, and the need to program autonomous to mirror various cultures’ social norms, conventions, and expectations; GM’s Cruise Automation has a small problem in that it’s not so good at detecting…
60: AVs to replace London cabbies by 2021; Lyft gets autonomous; Apple’s Peloton concept
Oct 23, 2018 • 18 min
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. Read, listen, and…
59: Tesla removes “fully self driving” on order form; the Apple Car; 6 cities’ approach to AVs
Oct 19, 2018 • 19 min
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…
58: Volvo & Nvidia; self-driving cars will make us fatter; Waymo readies revenue service
Oct 16, 2018 • 23 min
Today, Episode 58! Volvo and Nvidia partner up for improved autonomy in Volvo’s early 2020 vehicles; self driving cars pose a serious health risk; and, Waymo racks up 10 million miles of on-road tests (and 7 billion simulated miles!) and prepares for its…
57: SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW: Dan Piatkowski from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Oct 12, 2018 • 25 min
TODAY! Thrilled and honored to have special guest Dan Piatkowski join me on the show! Dan’s the Assistant Professor of Regional Planning at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and we’ll be discussing his article (discussed in the second segment of the…
56: Feds embrace AVs; AVs to impede ped-only zones; Cruise Automation gets $2.75B from Honda
Oct 9, 2018 • 18 min
Annnnnd…. we’re back with Episode 56! Sorry for the brief, unscheduled break the last two weeks, but let’s dive in and pick up where we left off! Today: a brief discussion on our last #FridayPollDay on Twitter, and then: the Feds get serious about…
We’ll be back next week! Sorry!
Oct 3, 2018 • 0 min
We’ll be back soon… like, next week! Sorry! —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/autonomous-cars-with-marc-hoag/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/autonomous-cars-with-marc-hoag/support
55: BMW’s autonomous motorcycle; the best route for autonomous trucking; Waymo’s milestones
Sep 21, 2018 • 19 min
Today! We talk about BMW’s autonomous motorcycle; the best commercial trucking routes for autonomous trucking; and, we take a step back to look at 9 years of Waymo’s biggest milestones. Read, listen, and discuss this episode at MarcHoag.com Follow us on…
54: AVs cheaper, safer, boringer; Volvo’s EV AV truck; Tesla’s cross-country Autopilot road trip and BMW iNEXT
Sep 18, 2018 • 18 min
Episode 54: Companies are deploying AVs at a faster and faster pace, but are we going to see safer, cheaper, and boringer? Volvo unveils it’s all-electric autonomous truck without a cab; and, Tesla whets our appetite for its fully autonomous cross-country…
53: Uber invests $150M into AVs in Toronto; VW pushes for AV standardizations; my rant against articles against AVs
Sep 14, 2018 • 32 min
Today, Episode 53! Uber’s not out of the autonomous car race after all, with a new $150M investment in a new AV facility working with the University of Toronto; VW pushes for technology standardization for autonomous vehicles to ensure legal protections;…
52: GM’s Cruise Automation hits roadblock in NYC; Volvo’s 360c self-driving bedroom; AV market numbers
Sep 11, 2018 • 20 min
Today, Episode 52! GM’s autonomous car subsidiary Cruise Automation hits a regulatory roadblock to start testing in NYC; Volvo’s new 360c fully autonomous bedroom on wheels is the wrong solution to the problem of congested roadways; and, the autonomous…
51: FCA invests $30M into AV test facility; consumers not ready for Level 5 cars; Audi’s releases an Aicon
Sep 7, 2018 • 20 min
Today, Episode 51! FCA gets serious about AVs with a $30M investment in an AV test facility; for the first time in history, technological development seems to be outpacing consumer demand as people get less comfortable with Level 5 full autonomy rather…
50: Germany takes on Tesla; Universal Basic Mobility; an Apple crashes
Sep 5, 2018 • 26 min
Today, Episode 50! What a milestone! Germany takes on Tesla; should Universal Mobility be a thing, and if so, how; an Apple gets into a bit of a mess. Read, listen, and discuss this episode at MarcHoag.com Follow us on Twitter at…
49: Waymo annoys locals; industries disrupted by autonomous cars; China gets serious about EVs and AVs in the US
Aug 31, 2018 • 21 min
Today, Episode 49! Waymo’s autonomous Chrysler Pacifica minivans annoy the locals in Chandler, Arizona; we discuss five industries sure to be disrupted (or invented altogether) by autonomous cars; and, China gets very serious about autonomous electric…
48: VW’s $4B vw.OS investment; AVs destroy (and create) jobs; Toyota invests $500M into Uber
Aug 28, 2018 • 22 min
Today, Episode 48! VW invests $4B into its new vw.OS mobility platform; autonomous cars will destroy — and create — jobs; and Toyota invests $500M into Uber. Read, listen, and discuss this episode at MarcHoag.com Follow us on Twitter at…
47: VW We, Drive.ai expands, Lyft & Aptiv hit 5000 rides in Las Vegas
Aug 23, 2018 • 18 min
Today: Volkswagen’s We EV car sharing program prepares 2000 cars for Berlin; Drive.ai expands to Arlington, TX; and Lyft & Aptiv hit 5000 rides in their autonomous car sharing program in Las Vegas! Read, listen, and discuss this episode at MarcHoag.com…
46 - SEASON 2 PREMIERE! Better roads for AVs; no more Uber trucks; BMW gives up on AVs?
Aug 20, 2018 • 22 min
Welcome back to Autonomous Cars with Marc Hoag as we kick off Season 2! Today, we discuss the need for better roads and infrastructure for AVs; Uber shuts down its autonomous trucking division; and BMW has a second thought about AVs. Read, listen, and…
45: Apple worker steals AV secrets; Daimler, Bosch roll out AV taxis; FCA goes after Tesla
Jul 12, 2018 • 18 min
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…
44: VW’s EV car sharing, AV traffic woes, people love driving
Jul 6, 2018 • 15 min
Today! We talk about VW’s new EV car sharing program “WE”; we discuss the paradox of increased traffic caused by AVs; and (some) people will always love driving. PLUS: I spotted that mysterious, unmarked, debadged, white Subaru autonomous test vehicle…
43: RoboMart, Levandowski starts a new thing, an AI roadblock
Jul 4, 2018 • 18 min
Today, Episode 43! RoboMart.ai is the autonomous grocery store on wheels you didn’t know you needed; Anthony Levandowski of Google/Waymo/Uber fame, and creator of lidar, has just launched a new thing; and, are autonomous cars about to plough into a brick…
42: World’s first podcast recorded while driving a Tesla Model S with Autopilot?!
Jun 29, 2018 • 19 min
Today! A very special podcast episode — and quite possibly the world’s first! — recorded inside a Tesla Model S while driving from San Francisco to Palo Alto with Autopilot engaged, complete with my personal thoughts, feedback, and critique! Also: Ford…
41. May Mobility launches autonomous electric shuttle service; the GM AV1; Faraday Future gets $2B investment!
Jun 26, 2018 • 12 min
Today, Episode 41! (Sorry for being a bit late, and short, this one…) We discuss the very cool, imminent launch (as in, tomorrow) of Ann Arbor-based May Mobility fully autonomous, electric, 6-seater shuttle bus; GM trademarks the name “AV1”; and, Faraday…
40. Paradoxes: AVs and environment; AVs and car brands; AVs and cities
Jun 22, 2018 • 22 min
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?…
39. Apple hires ex-Waymo engineer; Volvo invests in Luminar Lidar; Enterprise partners with Voyage; rideOS
Jun 19, 2018 • 16 min
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; and we briefly discuss rideOS and a listener’s feedback. Read…
38. MarcHoag.com launches; remote cars; BYTON; comma.ai
Jun 15, 2018 • 23 min
Autonomous Cars with Marc Hoag gets its new home on the web over at MarcHoag.com ! Please check it out and share with your friends and colleagues! Today: Remote control cars — basically drone cars — help automated systems in the first and last mile of…
37: Police Pulling over AVs; Dehumanizing AVs; Autopilot 9
Jun 11, 2018 • 24 min
Today (1) We wonder how police will pull over an autonomous car; (2) We ponder ways to make autonomous cars socially acceptable (3) Tesla announces full self-driving features coming in August. Please remember: If you like this podcast, share it with you…
34, Part 2: AV rollout, Waymo, Cruise Automation
Jun 4, 2018 • 12 min
Today! We loop back to Episode 34 to do Part 2, in which we discuss the roll out of automation in the commercial shipping space first; Waymo’s 100x increase in Chrysler Pacifica self driving minivans and their plans to license their tech; and Cruise…
SPECIAL: UC DAVIS PROFESSOR SPERLING “3 REVOLUTIONS” PRES.
Jun 1, 2018 • 24 min
SPECIAL! If there’s one episode you listen to on this podcast, make it this one. I had the privilege of attending a presentation by Professor Daniel Sperling, the Distinguished Blue Planet Professor, and Founding Director, Institute of Transportation…
34, Part 1: Jaguars prove humans need AVs; Apple + VW
May 30, 2018 • 20 min
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. Please remember: If you like this podcast, share it with you friends and colleagues; if you’re…
33. Car data privacy; Autopilot deceptive; Uber quits AZ
May 25, 2018 • 16 min
GDRP goes live and we take a look at the implications for the connected car; consumer groups attack Tesla for “Autopilot” name; Uber gives up on autonomous car testing in Arizona. Please remember: If you like this podcast, share it with you friends and…
32. City design; Americans scared of AVs; Aviation & AVs
May 22, 2018 • 25 min
We talk about the impact AVs will have not just on city design, but on building design, too; I go on a mini-rant about the 73% of Americans that are scared of AVs; and we discuss what we can learn about AVs from studying airplanes. Please remember: If you…
31. Autopilot common sense; Apple’s AVs; MobilEye
May 18, 2018 • 16 min
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. Please remember: If you like this podcast, share it with…
30: Drive.ai AVs talk to peds; BMW AVs; Ohio hearts AVs
May 15, 2018 • 23 min
Drive.ai autonomous vehicles communicate with pedestrians; BMW clarifies its view on AVs; Ohio embraces AVs. Please remember: If you like this podcast, share it with you friends and colleagues; if you’re listening on iTunes Podcasts, leave 5 stars; you…
29. INTERVIEW: James Newton - AVs killer app of IoT/5G?
May 11, 2018 • 26 min
Our first ever guest interview! James Newton is British, has been living in France for just over 30 years and has had an eclectic career developing business in industries focused on IoT, Telematics and Automotive. I’ve learned he is also passionate about…
SNEAK PREVIEW: Join us Friday 7AM PT for our first guest interview!
May 9, 2018 • 0 min
Join us Friday, May 11, 2018, for our first ever guest! James Newton, a veteran of the automotive and IoT industries, joins us from Toulouse France, to discuss his article “Will Autonomous Vehicles be the Killer IoT App?”…
27. Uber’s software error; Volvos talk; no maps for MIT
May 7, 2018 • 17 min
Today: Uber’s crash the result of a software calibration error; Volvo’s cars and trucks talk together; MIT’s autonomous cars don’t need maps. Please remember: If you like this podcast, share it with you friends and colleagues; if you’re listening on…
26. AVs get hot; FB dreams of AVs; BMW plays with lasers
May 3, 2018 • 22 min
Today: Thermal imaging cameras help autonomous cars see the world around them; Facebook’s game plan with autonomous cars; and BMW finds a laser supplier for its ride sharing autonomous car fleet slated for release in 2021. Please remember: If you like…
25. Android Automotive; AV slime molds; AV testing regs
May 1, 2018 • 15 min
Today: Google prepares Android Automotive to be a sort of “car OS” for all automakers; slime molds may offer a solution for autonomous car navigation; and Michigan’s governor’s view regarding AV testing regulations. Please remember: If you like this…
24. BMW’s AV view; Tesla avoids crash; Tesla exec quits
Apr 27, 2018 • 18 min
Our 2-monthiversary! Today: BMW says humans aren’t ready for AVs; a Tesla’s Autopilot swerves to avoid being flattened by a big rig truck; and — coincidentally — Tesla’s Autopilot lead heads to Intel. Please remember: If you like this podcast, share it…
23. Open Source AVs; Model X hits gym; Waymo’s philosophy
Apr 24, 2018 • 18 min
Today: Autonomous taxi startup Voyage open sources its testing software; a Tesla Model X hits the gym (literally); and, we discuss an important detail contrasting Waymo’s philosophy of autonomous car tech to that of its competitors. Please remember: If…
22. Tesla & Waymo collect data; Buick’s EV; Tesla selfies
Apr 19, 2018 • 18 min
Episode 22! Today: We discuss how Tesla and Waymo go about collecting driving data in radically different ways, and what it means for their ongoing development of their autonomous car technology; Buick announces a gorgeous new 370-mile range EV; and Tesla…
21. V2V & V2I; Autopilot imperfect; Mission E & MB EQS
Apr 17, 2018 • 27 min
Our biggest episode yet, clocking in at a whopping 27 minutes! Today: We discuss vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications; discuss why it’s ok that Tesla’s Autopilot will never be perfect; and briefly touch on Porsche’s…
20. Uber supports AVs; Model X lawsuit; solid state lidar
Apr 12, 2018 • 18 min
Uber’s CEO still strongly support autonomous cars; my thoughts surrounding a lawsuit around the Model X crash; and a brief — very brief — overview on solid state lidar: smaller, better, cheaper. —- This episode is sponsored by · Techathlon Podcast: The…
19. Porsche electrifies; full review of Tesla Autopilot
Apr 9, 2018 • 17 min
Porsche announces full electrification by 2030; a mini review of the Jaguar I-Pace first drive; and I share my full review of Tesla’s latest Autopilot behind the wheel of a fully loaded Model S P100D. —- This episode is sponsored by · Techathlon Podcast:…
18. CA allows driverless cars; Model X crash recreated
Apr 5, 2018 • 15 min
Today! The CA DMV allows testing and deployment of FULLY driverless cars on its roads; two Tesla owners post videos testing and recreating the recent Model X crash (yes, really); a(nother) Chinese EV startup is born; and more. —- This episode is sponsored…
17. Tesla’s stock; a 1000hp EV SUV; an AV gets ticketed!
Apr 3, 2018 • 16 min
We discuss Tesla’s plummeting stock as it relates to Model 3 production woes; an astonishing new EV SUV with 1000hp; and a Cruise Automation fully autonomous car getting ticketed on the streets of San Francisco. —- This episode is sponsored by ·…
16. Jaguar + Waymo; Uber’s blind spot; Model X crash
Mar 29, 2018 • 10 min
The one where we talk about Jaguar partnering up with Waymo; a blind spot in Uber’s lidar system potentially causing the tragic accident in Arizona; and a horrific Model X accident in the San Francisco Bay Area. —- This episode is sponsored by ·…
15. Lidar maker “baffled” by Uber; Tesla Maps; Porsche
Mar 26, 2018 • 15 min
Lidar maker is “baffled” by Uber autonomous test vehicle; Tesla starts rolling out its new mapping software; Porsche declares that it is NOT benchmarking the Tesla Model S. Right. —- This episode is sponsored by · Techathlon Podcast: The Techathlon…
14. If cell phones ok, AVs must be too; BMW i4, iX3
Mar 23, 2018 • 14 min
I make the controversial claim that if we as society are ok with allowing cell phones in cars, then it must be the case that we’re ok with autonomous cars, too. Also, BMW announces two new products in its nascent “i” product range, the i4 and iX3 SAV. —-…
13. Risk vs. Benefit of Autonomous Cars; licenses; etc.
Mar 21, 2018 • 13 min
We’ll discuss the risk vs benefit of autonomous cars; the difficulty of getting drivers’ licenses in the future; how autonomous cars will gradually phase out human-driven cars on streets and freeways; and a favor to ask of you! —- This episode is…
12. Analysis of Uber’s accident; Chrysler’s Portal
Mar 20, 2018 • 14 min
The one where we analyze Uber’s tragic accident that killed a pedestrian; also, details on what may be the next big thing — Chrysler! — with their surprise roll out of the Portal Concept (formerly, the SM-1). —- This episode is sponsored by · Techathlon…
BREAKING: Autonomous Uber kills pedestrian; bad actors; more
Mar 19, 2018 • 15 min
BREAKING NEWS: An autonomous Uber has struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe Arizona; we discuss responsibility and liability in cases of autonomous car accidents; and finally, what’s the solution to “bad actors,” criminals holding up autonomous cars? —-…
10. Autopilot; GM’s Cruise AV; Ford’s $11B investment
Mar 16, 2018 • 20 min
The one where we discuss details on Tesla’s recent Autopilot update (that were not yet available for yesterday’s episode); we go into more details about GM’s production 2019 Cruise AV fully driverless (no steering wheel!) vehicle; and get a look into…
9. Tesla, German EVs, Waymo puts passengers to sleep
Mar 15, 2018 • 18 min
The one where we talk about Tesla’s new Autopilot and Supercharger price increases; Germany’s love affair with EVs; and Waymo’s new driverless car putting passengers to sleep. —- This episode is sponsored by · Techathlon Podcast: The Techathlon podcast is…
8. Tesla, Starsky Robotics, Trolly Paradox SOLVED!
Mar 12, 2018 • 21 min
The one where we discuss Tesla’s limited product line; self driving trucking company Starsky Robotics’ Series A; and the solution to the infamous “trolly paradox.” —- This episode is sponsored by · Techathlon Podcast: The Techathlon podcast is a weekly…
7. 2019 Jaguar I-PACE, rideOS
Mar 8, 2018 • 15 min
The one where we talk about the Jaguar I-PACE, and a fascinating new startup called rideOS —- This episode is sponsored by · Techathlon Podcast: The Techathlon podcast is a weekly podcast that catches you up on the latest tech news through games, trivia,…
6. Geneva Auto Show & autonomous car sharing
Mar 7, 2018 • 22 min
The one where we talk about the new electric cars announced by Porsche and VW at the Geneva Auto Show, and loop back to the previous episode to continue our discussion on the interesting topic of autonomous car sharing. —- This episode is sponsored by ·…
5. Fully autonomous cars in California & Volvo’s VC fund
Mar 5, 2018 • 6 min
California’s DMV has announced that fully autonomous — driverless — cars will be allowed on the streets starting April 2, 2018. Meanwhile, Volvo has launched its own venture capital arm. —- This episode is sponsored by · Techathlon Podcast: The Techathlon…
4. Why we need self driving cars
Mar 2, 2018 • 9 min
A brief overview of why we actually NEED self driving cars. —- This episode is sponsored by · Techathlon Podcast: The Techathlon podcast is a weekly podcast that catches you up on the latest tech news through games, trivia, and (usually) friendly…
3. Bulletproof Teslas, old cars in age of autonomy, etc
Mar 1, 2018 • 15 min
The one where we discuss the legality of owning older cars once autonomous cars are mandated; the value of a bulletproof Tesla; and Volvo’s plans to completely end conventional internal combustion engine development. —- This episode is sponsored by ·…
2. Autonomous cars are closer than you think
Feb 28, 2018 • 15 min
The one where I discuss why autonomous cars are closer than some articles would suggest —- This episode is sponsored by · Techathlon Podcast: The Techathlon podcast is a weekly podcast that catches you up on the latest tech news through games, trivia, and…
PILOT
Feb 27, 2018 • 16 min
The very first episode of Autonomous Cars with Marc Hoag where I share with you my first experience in an autonomous car, the Tesla Model S with Autopilot! Remember - I encourage feedback and back and forth discussions, so don’t be shy! Leave messages! —-…