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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!

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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!

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Twitter.com/autonomoushoag
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Copyright © 2019 Marc Hoag. All Rights Reserved.

    #158-Ryan Shaw, Ryan Shaw Tech

    #158-Ryan Shaw, Ryan Shaw Tech

    If you have even a passing interest in Teslas — including and especially their recently-released Model Y, which I call “the most important vehicle since Henry Ford’s Model T some 112 years ago — then chances are you know Ryan Shaw and love his deeply informative, highly objective and sincere videos.



    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfv7-e6_6ZhvDL9-7Yw5OVA

    I’ve come to admire Ryan because, like me, he’s undeniably a fan of Tesla and Elon Musk, while at the same time keeping his enthusiasm and support in check: while he has no reservations about gushing his praise for their vehicles and technology generally, he’s quick to enumerate all faults, critiques, and criticisms as appropriate.

    Just before the COVID-mandated shut down of Tesla’s Fremont factory went into effect back in March, Ryan and I were in the queue for our respective Model Y orders; it was a patient game of waiting to see who would take delivery first, a game that he won after a clever last minute order configuration change.

    Since then, he’s produced numerous videos highlighting his experiences with his Model Y — the good as well as the decidedly not-so-good — so if you haven’t yet discovered Ryan’s YouTube channel with a whopping 30,000 subscribers nearly, then you’d do well to do so.

    After a few months of back-and-forth Twitter exchanges with Ryan, it occurred to me to just invite him to my podcast so we could share our thoughts and experiences on the Model Y generally, while also diving into a great conversation on Tesla’s anticipated robot-taxi fleet and all things autonomous vehicles generally.

    It’s a wonderful conversation and I think you’ll enjoy it very much. Meanwhile, please be sure to check out Ryan’s YouTube channel, and follow him on Twitter at @RyanShawTech.


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    #157-Amazon buys Zoox; Nvidia & Mercedes; Volvo & Waymo

    #157-Amazon buys Zoox; Nvidia & Mercedes; Volvo & Waymo

    Boom! Amazon buys Zoox for $1.2B; Nvidia and Mercedes partner up for AV tech in Mercedes vehicles from 2024; and Volvo and Waymo partner up, with Volvo getting lidar kit from Luminar.


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    #156-Dmitry Shevelenko-Tortoise

    #156-Dmitry Shevelenko-Tortoise

    Dmitry is the Founder & President of Tortoise, an autonomous/teleoperation e-scooter company.


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    #155-James Wu, DeepMap.ai

    #155-James Wu, DeepMap.ai

    Dr. James Wu

    Dr. James Wu is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at DeepMap. Prior to founding DeepMap, James built his career at Baidu, Apple, and Google. At Baidu, James served as Principal Architect for the self-driving team. At Google, James was a core member of Google Earth and Google Maps team. James earned his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Alabama and his BS in Computer Science from Tianjin University.

    About DeepMap

    DeepMap is accelerating safe autonomy by providing the world’s best autonomous mapping solutions. We deliver the technology necessary for self-driving vehicles to navigate in a complex and unpredictable environment. We address three important elements: precise high-definition mapping, ultra-accurate real-time localization, and the serving infrastructure to support massive global scaling. 

    Without a human driver, self-driving cars will have to rely on maps with real-time localization to constantly update changes (such as road conditions, accidents, construction, and more). For cars to be able to maneuver autonomously, they must be aware of all conditions around them. DeepMap is solving this challenge by providing accurate and efficient prior knowledge of the world.

    Collectively, the founders and employees of DeepMap have built mapping technologies in use by tens of millions of people daily (including Google Maps and Apple Maps). The company’s technical advisory board includes former Google, Uber, and Apple visionaries Brian McClendon and Jaron Waldman, as well as Dr. Leonidas Guibas, a prominent Stanford University professor, and Herman Kaess, former CEO of Bosch Korea.

    In May 2020, DeepMap was named a “Cool Vendor in Autonomous Systems" by Gartner.


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    #154-Amazon Prime's "Upload," and my thoughts on their trolley paradox solution

    #154-Amazon Prime's "Upload," and my thoughts on their trolley paradox solution

    Amazon Prime recently launched a (ridiculous) new show called Upload. The first 15 minutes show a passable take on an AV future in which the lead character's AV is hacked and he crashes and dies and goes to (virtual) heaven. There's a subtle, implicit reference to the trolley paradox, and a suggested solution to simply "prioritize" your AV according to your preferences, e.g., to prioritize pedestrians over other cars. This is a rambling, stream of conscious discussion in which I try to unpack and destroy this admittedly clever but deeply troubling approach. 


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    #153-GM Ultra Cruise; Self-Driving Scooters; Improved Regulation for Delivery Bots

    #153-GM Ultra Cruise; Self-Driving Scooters; Improved Regulation for Delivery Bots

    1. GM Ultra Cruise: GM's current semi-autonomous driving tech, Super Cruise, uses onboard HD maps for certain freeways to enable hands-free driving on those freeways that are mapped. Now, GM is planning to expand this tech city streets with so-called Ultra Cruise.

    2. E-Scooters are going autonomous as Go X borrows Tortoise's self-driving scooter retrofit kit to shuttle scooters autonomous to passengers and then to parking spots.

    3. Delivery bots like Nuro's R2 desperately need better (and more permissive) regulation.


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Customer Reviews

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65 Ratings

65 Ratings

Les Teague ,

Outstanding

The series of podcasts would make excellent book for training engineers for a career in autonomous vehicle field. Les Teague

Tenbay ,

Huh?

I first got to listen to sponsorships which is fine and I get. Then the rest of the podcast was a commercial for Tesla and a tech company. I learned nothing.

Abhayk ,

One of best for autonomous cars

I really enjoyed and learned a lot from this series. As a new comer and enthusiast for AV this is one of the best platform to get started with AV.

Thank you!

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