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#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
#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.
#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?
#178-Season 6 Premiere-Jessica Uguccioni
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)
#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….
#176-Richard Goebelt, Director Automotive & Mobility, TÜV
I was introduced to Richard Goebelt through my H+C partner Martin Adler. The Director for Automotive & Mobility of the TÜV — the Technischer Überwachungsverein — Richard’s primary field of work, not to mention his passion and interests, rests entirely on the safety and regulatory landscape of all things automotive and mobility generally, with, of course, a focus on autonomous vehicles.
Unsurprisingly, then, our conversation spanned the gamut from his thoughts about Tesla; a brief history of TÜV and Germany’s impressive grasp on automotive safety; the social impacts of autonomous vehicles especially on matters of equality, or lack thereof; and much more besides.
This episode should be especially interesting to listeners in the US since we don’t really have anything like the TÜV. I suppose a loose analogy might be local agencies that require smog checks every few years. At a minimum, the TÜV requires certification of compliance to validate roadworthiness of all vehicles, including everything from turn signals to suspension; engines and emissions; headlight alignment; and anything else besides, and certain of these certifications are required every two years.
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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.