105 episodes

A discussion on auto safety issues and technological developments, in hopes of providing consumers and enthusiasts with a better understanding of modern vehicles, safety systems, and current issues in the auto industry.

There Auto Be A Law Center for Auto Safety

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    • 4.9 • 8 Ratings

A discussion on auto safety issues and technological developments, in hopes of providing consumers and enthusiasts with a better understanding of modern vehicles, safety systems, and current issues in the auto industry.

    Road to Safety: Waymo Incidents and Dangerous Intersections

    Road to Safety: Waymo Incidents and Dangerous Intersections

    Waymo issued a recall after a RoboTaxi crash into a telephone pole. We delve into the complexity of validating software updates for autonomous cars and how Waymo is gaslighting us. IISH has a survey showing driver support for anti-speeding technologies. Fred shares safety tips for proper seating in vehicles, emphasizing the importance of seatbelt use and correct seating positions. Plus self driving cars in China and recalls.
    This weeks links:
    https://www.autosafety.org/av-bill-of-rights/https://www.theverge.com/2024/6/12/24175489/waymo-recall-telephone-poll-crash-phoenix-software-maphttps://www.iihs.org/news/detail/most-drivers-would-be-ok-with-anti-speeding-tech-in-vehicles-survey-showshttps://www.nytimes.com/2024/06/13/business/china-driverless-cars.htmlhttps://www.nytimes.com/2024/06/13/business/china-driverless-car-safety.htmlhttps://safetycaseframework.aurora.tech/gsnhttps://www.wsj.com/business/logistics/left-turn-dangers-city-streets-4cbde78fhttps://jalopnik.com/alpine-s-a290-electric-hot-hatch-will-teach-you-to-driv-1851537628https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/right-way-to-sit-behind-the-wheel-of-a-car/https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2024/RCLRPT-24E049-1733.PDFhttps://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2024/RCLRPT-24V418-3398.PDFhttps://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2024/RCLRPT-24V436-3057.PDF

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Waymo Woes, Police Chases and Gaslighting

    Waymo Woes, Police Chases and Gaslighting

    This weeks we start with rising trends in high-speed police chases resulting in crashes and deaths, emphasizing the need for stricter regulations on when such pursuits should occur. We critique European vs. U.S. safety standards and explore advanced technology such as 'license plate trackers' and police tools for remotely stopping cars. Gaslight section covers criticisms of companies like GM Cruise and Waymo. Plus recalls.
    This weeks links:
    https://www.autosafety.org/support-us/https://www.theverge.com/2024/6/11/24176206/gm-cruise-invest-850-million-operational-cost-houstonhttps://www.timesunion.com/state/article/fatal-police-chases-ny-death-19369809.phphttps://www.timesunion.com/state/article/ny-police-car-chases-increase-19369787.phphttps://www.vox.com/policy/354561/pedestrian-fatalities-car-safety-ratingshttps://www.wsj.com/articles/volvo-says-users-can-track-source-of-battery-metals-in-its-evs-54f6e4f7https://ca.news.yahoo.com/rules-road-heard-low-rolling-100000539.htmlhttps://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2024/RCLRPT-24V407-5130.PDFhttps://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2024/RCLRPT-24V400-2357.PDFhttps://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/inv/2024/INOA-PE24017-13334.pdf

    • 59 min
    The South will crash again... and again

    The South will crash again... and again

    Mississippian Michael Brooks faces the fact that more car crashes happen in the South. But the data is a bit suspect as Massachusetts seems not to live up to it's reputation. Also Japanese automakers Toyota, Mazda, and Honda mishandling vehicle safety tests. This week Fred examines Tesla’s ambitious yet problematic GigaCasting manufacturing process and its implications on vehicle safety and repair costs. The hosts conclude with several nominations for 'Gaslight of the Week' and discuss the rising concerns over automated driving technology and vehicle manufacturing shortcuts that impact safety. +1 if you could tell that the last sentence was written by AI.
    This weeks links:
    https://www.autosafety.org/support-us/https://www.consumeraffairs.com/automotive/where-do-most-car-accidents-happen.htmlhttps://www.nytimes.com/2024/06/03/business/japan-toyota-testing-investigation.htmlhttps://techcrunch.com/2024/06/03/gms-cruise-is-testing-robotaxis-in-dallas-again/https://www.ttnews.com/articles/advisory-underride-guardhttps://jalopnik.com/gm-hopes-a-clutch-pedal-is-enough-to-make-enthusiasts-b-1851498673https://www.cnbc.com/2024/05/01/tesla-retreats-from-next-generation-gigacasting-manufacturing-process.htmlhttps://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2024/RCLRPT-24V372-1533.PDFhttps://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2024/RCLRPT-24V376-3527.PDFhttps://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2024/RCLRPT-24V381-6004.PDFhttps://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2024/RCLRPT-24V368-8061.PDF

    • 59 min
    Your mileage may vary

    Your mileage may vary

    California is proposing a bill to alert drivers to their speeding. Anthony suggests automatic tickets. Elon doesn't understand data or is flat out lying about the safety of Autopilot. Remote controlled trains remind us of GM Cruise. Miles per Gallon is not as helpful a measure as gallons per 100 miles and we discuss why AV companies don't follow the Department of Transportation's Technology Readiness Levels... which they helped write.
    Mentioned Links:
    https://amp.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/may/21/electric-cars-more-likely-to-hit-pedestrians-than-petrol-vehicles-study-findshttps://www.popsci.com/technology/cars-speeding-beeping/https://gizmodo.com/tesla-ev-autopilot-driver-assistance-safety-elon-musk-1851496656https://jalopnik.com/teslas-full-self-driving-isnt-doesnt-understand-new-yor-1851493822https://www.nytimes.com/2024/05/27/us/train-safety-crashes-union.htmlhttps://www.vox.com/future-perfect/350382/gas-mileage-fuel-economy-mpg-gphm-gas-guzzlershttps://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/inv/2024/INIM-PE24016-13047.pdfhttps://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2024/RCLRPT-24V358-2557.PDFhttps://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2024/RCLRPT-24V361-1152.PDF

    • 59 min
    AI Hype Machine, Drunk AVs and Space Dogs

    AI Hype Machine, Drunk AVs and Space Dogs

    Artificial Intelligence is the pet rock of today... if the pet rock could hallucinate a term paper. Or in the case of auto safety cause stockholders to hallucinate a future where Tesla creates a robotaxi. This week Tesla is sued for fraud (clutches pearls) and a Waymo drives drunk through Phoenix. Congress goes after auto makers for handing over all of your data without a subpoena and using slave labor. In a new feature focused on gaslighting we talk about the nonsense from Jeff Farah, shill for the AV industry. Plus some recalls.
    This weeks links:
    https://www.autosafety.org/support-us/https://www.nytimes.com/2024/05/15/opinion/artificial-intelligence-ai-openai-chatgpt-overrated-hype.htmlhttps://www.nytimes.com/2024/05/20/business/economy/senate-bmw-volkswagen-jaguar-land-rover-xinjiang.htmlhttps://www.autoblog.com/2024/05/15/lawmakers-call-out-eight-automakers-for-sharing-connected-vehicle-data/https://www.nytimes.com/2024/04/30/technology/regulators-investigate-carmakers-driver-tracking.htmlhttps://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/news/driverless-waymo-vehicle-glitches-while-driving-in-metro-phoenix-watch-the-video/ar-BB1mCGHohttps://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2024/05/tesla-must-face-fraud-suit-for-claiming-its-cars-could-fully-drive-themselves/https://arstechnica.com/cars/2024/05/on-self-driving-waymo-is-playing-chess-while-tesla-plays-checkers/https://www.kuow.org/stories/whats-sending-the-first-generation-electric-cars-to-an-early-gravehttps://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2024/RCLRPT-24V345-1575.PDFhttps://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2024/RCLRPT-24V349-6099.PDF

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Technology readiness levels

    Technology readiness levels

    Waymo keeps running into things and now NHTSA is investigating. Fred proposes a graduated licensing process for autonomous vehicles. 60 minutes Australia compiles a list of Elon Musk stating how self driving is ready next year but that next year never comes... maybe he's just a salesman? Tesla's automation software has been involved in 467 crashes, 13 of them fatal... and that is just in a 15 month period. Keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.
    This weeks links:
    https://www.autosafety.org/av-bill-of-rights/https://www.autosafety.org/support-us/https://ieeetv.ieee.org/channels/ssit/self-driving-cars-the-good-the-bad-the-uglyhttps://apnews.com/article/selfdriving-vehicles-automated-government-investigations-0b43be102688f66590e6b9e76c0f5939https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/inv/2024/INOA-PE24016-12382.pdfhttps://www.getcruise.com/news/blog/2024/cruise-resumes-supervised-autonomous-driving-with-safety-drivers/https://www.reuters.com/business/autos-transportation/tesla-autopilot-probe-us-prosecutors-focus-securities-wire-fraud-2024-05-08/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcHtagqxPkIhttps://www.nicb.org/news/news-releases/new-report-imports-top-list-americas-most-stolen-vehicleshttps://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2024/RCLRPT-24V321-1338.PDFhttps://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2024/RCLRPT-24V318-2050.PDFhttps://eur-lex.europa.eu/resource.html?uri=cellar:d3f5e019-b65e-11ec-b6f4-01aa75ed71a1.0001.01/DOC_1&format=DOChttps://eur-lex.europa.eu/resource.html?uri=cellar:d3f5e019-b65e-11ec-b6f4-01aa75ed71a1.0001.01/DOC_2&format=DOChttps://www.gao.gov/products/gao-20-48g

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

WesWannabe ,

Auto safety can be fun!!

Great discussions about issues that affect everyone who drives, rides in or might potentially get run over by a car.

!!Listener123!! ,

Great minus the snark

Substantive content is great but the snark is…a lot. Especially from the host. Wish they would tone that down since it detracts from the show.

APC123apc ,

Finally some good content that cuts out the ads

I’m loving the podcast. Had no idea that there is so little regulation with all the cool system in cars today. I thought that there had to be some level of testing. But no it seems every car company can put whatever “advanced” system it wants in place and not test it.

Fun. Smart and funny.

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