Friday, June 14, 2019
26th edition of the 7th year of SmartDrivingCars  Hyundai self-driving deal points to industry-wide pattern

T. Lee, June 13, "It has been a busy week for Aurora, the self-driving startup founded by veterans of the Google, Tesla, and Uber self-driving programs. On Monday, Aurora announced it had forged a partnership with Fiat Chrysler. On Tuesday, Aurora said it was ending its partnership with Volkswagen. Now Hyundai is deepening its partnership with Aurora with an equity investment.

It’s the latest example of an industry-wide pattern: one after another, car companies have made big investments in self-driving startups. And these deals mean that carmakers are effectively entering into self-driving alliances with one another….

All of the recent deals between car companies and self-driving companies could put Waymo in a difficult position. Waymo has been working on self-driving technology much longer than any of its rivals, and the company aimed to introduce a driverless taxi service long before others came to market. In that scenario, Waymo would have its choice of automotive partners, so Waymo has been keeping its options open.

But the reality is that Waymo will need help from automakers to scale up rapidly. As more and more automakers commit to Waymo’s rivals, Waymo risks becoming stranded—with industry-leading sensors and software but limited capacity to integrate the technology into a large number of vehicles…."  Read more  Hmmmm… Good summary of "self-driving car" partnerships but, by including Waymo in the mix, it is conflating what I continue to contend are two VERY different markets…  Self-driving and Driverless.  What makes them like oil & vinegar is that self-driving vehicles are for the Consumer market and are little different from conventional cars.  Driverless cars are for the Fleet/Business market.

Self-driving cars require a driver in order to deliver any meaningful mobility or value.  Their automation stack delivers additional comfort, convenience and safety to the auto industry’s existing customer base.  As such it is a "consumer play" and requires no regulations or public oversight other than what exists today.  Any safety issues can be handled through standard  "product liability" and standard "NHTSA recall" procedures.  Its market penetration evolution is like going from manual transmission to automatic transmission, as Tesla is demonstrating with AutoPilot. From outside the car, one can’t tell if it has it or doesn’t.  It is a consumer choice at time of purchase.

Tesla is creating its own "automatic transmission"/"AutoPilot stack".  Other OEMs are hedging their bets by partnering with  technology provider for their self-driving technology stack. They’ll continue to produce the rest of the car, as they have done for years, and possibly outsource their "automatic transmission" when the time comes. 

Driverless cars  are "mobility machines" when managed as a fleet delivering mobility to individuals.  They are  a "business play".  It is all about the economic efficiency/profitability in delivering mobility to individuals.  The fundamental value is in the opportunity to provide consistent reliable affordable mobility at scale.  The technology stack has taken the inconsistency, unreliability and monetary cost of a human driver out of the loop.  Since algorithms, rather than people, tailor the service to meet individual needs, such systems scale attractively.  All of this MUST be done safely without a driver/attendant, else the economics/affordability/scalability completely collapses. 

From outside the car one can tell that there isn’t a driver in the driver’s seat.  Consequently, public oversight at all levels from top to  grass roots will need to be comfortable with this thing with no driver in it going down their street and invading their neighborhood and transporting their kids, grandmas, mobility disadvantaged, … .  Everyone is going to weigh-in with perceptions and regulations.  Consequently, the deployment of the technology is going to need to be "welcomed" .  "Uber-like swashbuckling bravado isn’t going to cut is.

Driverless Mobility-as-a-Service is the market that Waymo (and GM/Cruise and Ford/Argo) have been going after.  Because of its need to be "welcomed" (or at least not disdained) by the residents and businesses that abut the streets over which these vehicles deliver their mobility, the deployment dynamics for Driverless is very different from Self-driving.  All Self-driving needs is for Madison Avenue / "Elon Musk" to convince individuals of the comfort and convenience of being able to have the car drive itself some of the time and they are sold.  Driverless requires substantial public relations/education of communities to achieve "welcoming".  A real "ground war".   That is what Waymo (and GM/Cruise and Ford/Argo) needs to conduct to just get started.  Once started Waymo need to continue it to scale (Value is achieved only with scale). 

Finding OEMs that will sell Waymo cars on which to affix its technology stack will not be the problem.  The car is the commodity. The welcoming of the technology stack by communities is the fundamental differentiator.  Waymo is sitting on an order for at least 82,000 cars from FCA and Jaguar.  The order has been announced, but not executed because insufficient "ground warfare" has even been waged, let alone been successful (except in Arizona).  With welcoming environment these 82,000 mobility machines could be serving 4 million person trips per day in communities throughout the country. (Note… our nation’s transit systems today (only) serve an equivalent number of person trips; although they are longer trips taken in much more densely populated areas.  The Waymo-served trips would likely be trips that our conventional transit systems can’t effectively serve and thus complement conventional transit.  Some of the trips would replace auto trips.  The others would be new trips by persons who can’t or don’t want to drive their own car for whatever reason and whose lives have been substantially disadvantaged because their mobility needs aren’t effectively served by either the personal car or conventional mass transit.

The other elephants in the room that aren’t mentioned in the article are SoftBank and Tesla. Today Tesla "owns" the Self-driving market and SoftBank is "involved" with essentially everyone except Tesla and Waymo.  Alain   Smart Driving Cars Podcast Episode 112 – J. Hardiman NJM

F. Fishkin, June 9, "Should the insurance industry be pushing more safety and autonomous tech in cars? It’s a win, win says Princeton’s Alain Kornhauser. Joining him in the discussion along with co-host Fred Fishkin is NJM’s John Hardiman, a board member of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Also…Fiat Chrysler, Ford and more."  Just say "Alexa, play the Smart Driving Cars podcast!" .  Ditto with Siri, and GooglePlay …  Alain  Florida governor signs bill allowing self-driving vehicles to operate without a safety driver

June 14, "Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has signed a bill that expands the testing and use of autonomous vehicles.

Future Car reports that autonomous vehicles will also become exempt from the state’s unattended motor vehicle law, which prohibits a vehicle from being unattended by a human without first stopping the engine, locking the ignition and removing the key…."  Read more  Hmmmm… Very "welcoming".  Congratulations Florida. It would also be nice if there was legislation that such vehicles had the same rights (and responsibilities) that are afforded to conventionally driven cars.  Alain

cid:part17.D98E486C.63A951AC@princeton.eduSelf-Driving Cars Have a Problem: Safer Human-Driven Ones

C. Mims, June 15, "If you buy one of many new makes and models of car today, you might be surprised to find that, as a standard feature, it can do something your previous car couldn’t: It will take over when it thinks you’re making a mistake.  … what I’ve been calling Safe-driving cars and have repeatedly stated that it is these cars that deliver safety to society…. In the coming years, many cars will do more than that, even driving mostly by themselves, at least on highways. And not just luxury models such as the latest Audi A8 or Cadillac CT6, but something as mainstream as a Nissan Rogue.

Some of this technology has been in development for years, but the newest versions of it—with advanced object recognition, radar-and-laser detection and lightning-fast artificial intelligence—were created for autonomous cars. Many tech entrepreneurs have argued that fleets of robo-taxis would convince us to abandon personal car ownership in favor of “transportation as a service.” Some of them have predicted these robot cars will start populating U.S. roads within the next two years..

When car makers put these incremental tech advances in human-driven cars, they pre-empt one of the fully self-driving car’s supposed advantages: safety. … Not so!!!  Safety was never a "safety advantage" for Self-driving or even Driverless…" Read more  Hmmmm… The fundamental benefit of Driverless… providing affordable "auto-like" on-demand mobility to people in our community who, for whatever reason, can’t drive their own car.  If people share rides when using it, then it has the opportunity to substantially reduce energy consumption, pollution and congestion,

cid:part20.3025ED9E.866DA301@princeton.eduCongestion Pricing Only Works If Rideshare Companies Care About Losing Money

J. Barro, May 21, "It is common for companies to give discounts to their most loyal and biggest-spending customers. A discount means the company enjoys a lower profit margin on each transaction, but a greater number of transactions is good for profits overall.

… In case you haven’t liked my  Hmmmms… about Uber’s fundamental viability…. However, if you’re an executive at Uber, you should take note: This model is built on the assumption that you have a positive profit margin. If you lose money on each transaction, then your “best” customers are actually your worst customers. The more products or services they buy from you, the more money you lose. And if you insist on giving them discounts in exchange for their loyalty, you will lose even more money. The amount you lose per transaction will grow, and they’ll do more transactions because you gave them such a good deal….

This is something for lawmakers to keep in mind as they set congestion policies: If these policies depend on the imposed fees actually getting borne by the end consumer, they had better make sure they are actually getting passed through to the end consumer, since Uber seems bent on losing money in every creative way it can find."  Read more  Hmmmm… The implication is that congestion pricing will raise some money from Uber (but only for a short time), and the only behavioral effect on consumer and  congestion will come from the disappearance of Uber as an viable entity. As such, congestion pricing is a tax on Uber investors.  Nice!!  Alain  Inside Uber’s secret self-driving car testing facility

CBS News, June 12, "On a 54-acre, closely guarded facility in Pittsburgh, Uber is building its return to autonomous driving after the March 2018 crash where a self-driving Uber hit and killed a woman crossing a street in Tempe, Arizona. Uber gave "CBS This Morning" an exclusive look at the secret test track.     

The company is betting its self-driving future on their new autonomous vehicle, which it plans to test on the street in San Francisco and Toronto later this year. It’s a crawl-walk-run approach to autonomous driving that Uber says comes with a renewed focus on safety. …"  Read more  Hmmmm…  Post IPO reality check by Uber (or is any news good news when trying to stay afloat?).  In reality, Self-driving hurts Uber (attendants cost money, "liquid-cooled" computers cost money.  Neither help a company that loses money.  Uber needs Driverless ("attendant-less").  And maybe not just any old Driverless, but one that doesn’t need "liquid cooled" computers.  Else its not worth more than your father’s taxi company.  Alain  Uber says people are bullying its self-driving cars with rude gestures and road rage

I. Hamilton, June 13, "Spare a thought for Uber’s driverless cars, which are apparently getting mercilessly bullied by pedestrians and other drivers while out on the road.

That’s according to Eric Meyhofer, the head of Uber’s self-driving car unit, Advanced Technologies Group. Speaking at the Elevate conference in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, he said cameras mounted on the vehicles were capturing the hostility.  "We’ve seen people bully these cars — they feel like they can be more aggressive because we won’t take a position on it, or we’ll allow it," Meyhofer said, according to The Daily Telegraph.

"You’re on video but still people do bully them, and that’s a fascinating thing to see where people are testing the boundaries of what they can do to self-driving," he added…."  Read more  Hmmmm… This may we be one of the biggest threats to Driverless vehicles and why Uber’s public image is no help.  This is also one place where both legislation and good public relations needs to make a serious effort.  It must be made clear that these vehicles have the same right to use our roadways as personal vehicles and there needs to be consequences tied to bad behavior.  Alain   Ford self-driving cars now rolling around downtown Detroit and Corktown

P. Essex, June 12, "Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday it is rolling out what it calls its third-generation autonomous vehicle, including in Detroit and Corktown.   The news comes amid reports that Ford is near an agreement with Volkswagen to partner on self-driving vehicle development.

Peter Rander, president of Argo AI, Ford’s autonomous vehicle partner, wrote in a blog post that Argo is deploying the Ford Fusion Hybrids "in all five major cities we’re operating in: Pittsburgh, Palo Alto, Miami, Washington, D.C., and now Detroit — where we’re expanding our testing footprint in Michigan beyond Dearborn."…" Read more  Hmmmm… OK.  Argo/Ford continuing to move forward.  This is still self-driving (attendant on-board).  Hopefully some day they’ll report number of "disengagements" and what % of real "start2finish" trips they perform without disengagement as well as characteristics of these real trips (from where, to where, when, over which route, under what traffic conditions and what weather conditions).  Once they divulge that, we’ll be able to ascertain what value they deliver.  Right now this "rolling around" is just a research project.  Alain  Tesla Sentry Mode stops a thief from stealing wheels off parked car

F. Lambert, June 12, "A thief started removing the nuts off the wheels of a Tesla vehicle when the vehicle’s Sentry Mode security system activated. He appears to give up after noticing that he was being recorded – leaving the loose wheels in a dangerous condition.  Building on its previously released dashcam feature, Tesla enabled the use of more cameras around the vehicle and activated a “stand-by” parking mode.

The feature became Sentry Mode, which also includes an alarm and notification system to deter thieves even more — efficiently creating a system to watch over Tesla vehicles when their owners are not around.

It was first developed to address a growing problem with break-ins that Tesla owners were dealing with especially in California, but it has recently proven useful in several other situations, including acts of vandalism against Tesla vehicles…"  Read more  Hmmmm… Driverless cars are going to need to have such a system when they are empty repositioning.  Alain

cid:part6.DB81F99F.74320B31@princeton.eduVolkswagen snubs self-driving startup Aurora, eyes Ford partnership

T. Lee, June 11, "Aurora—a self-driving startup founded by former leaders of self-driving projects at Tesla, Uber, and Google’s Waymo—aims to make its self-driving technology an industry standard by licensing it to multiple car companies.

The company has made impressive progress securing automotive partners. On Monday, Aurora announced that it had scored a new partnership with Fiat Chrysler to develop self-driving commercial vehicles. That was in addition to existing deals with Volkswagen, Hyundai, and Chinese electric carmaker Byton.

On Tuesday, however, the Financial Times reported a significant setback: Volkswagen was ending its deal with Aurora.  "Volkswagen Group has been a wonderful partner to Aurora since the early days of development of the Aurora Driver," an Aurora spokesperson told Ars. "As the Driver matures and our platform grows in strength, we continue to work with a growing array of partners who complement our expertise and expand the reach of our product."  Instead, the FT says, Volkswagen is expected to deepen its existing pact with Ford—possibly by investing in Argo AI, Ford’s self-driving subsidiary…." Read more  Hmmmm… Interesting dynamic.  Alain  Tesla Model 3 sales rise in May, but demand still hasn’t fully recovered

R. Mitchell, June 4, "Tesla’s sales of its Model 3 perked up in the U.S. in May, according to estimates from the website InsideEVs, after a round of price cuts.  That goosed Tesla’s depressed stock price, which jumped 8% to close Tuesday at $193.60.

But Tesla car sales will need to blast off in coming months if Chief Executive Elon Musk hopes to approach the 360,000 to 400,000 cars he told Wall Street he’d sell this year. Last year, Tesla sold about 240,000 cars worldwide.

In the U.S., Tesla sold 13,950 Model 3s in May, up from 10,050 in April, according to InsideEVs, which has tracked monthly sales for electric and plug-in hybrid cars for nearly 10 years with a fairly reliable track record… " Read more  Hmmmm… still very impressive!!!.  Alain  Hydrogen station explodes, Toyota halts sales of fuel cell cars, is this the end?

F. Lambert, June 11, "has suspended operation at its other locations following the explosion.  Now, Toyota and Hyundai are both halting sales of fuel cell vehicles in the country.

Does this spell the end of fuel cell hydrogen vehicles as a “zero-emission” alternative?   The Uno-X hydrogen station in Sandvika in Bærum exploded on Monday and resulted in two injuries in a nearby non-fuel cell vehicle.  According to the police, the explosion was strong enough that it activated the airbags in the vehicle without any impact…"  Read more  Hmmmm… The Bad news about Hydrogen.  Alain  Improving Efficiency and Managing Growth in New York’s For-hire Vehicle Sector

NYCTLC, June 2019, "Traffic congestion in New York City has grown steadily worse since 2010, with average weekday travel speeds in Midtown Manhattan dropping from 6.1 mph in November 2010 to 4.3 mph in November 2018. Though not the only cause, the explosive growth of the for-hire vehicle (FHV) sector, which tripled from fewer than 40,000 vehicles in 2010 to over 120,000 in 2019, is certainly an
important factor. As Uber, Lyft, Juno, and Via—app-based, high volume for-hire services—created new, convenient travel options in the outer boroughs, they also added tens of thousands of additional hours of vehicle travel into the Manhattan core (south of 96th Street) each day. The companies saturated the market with vehicles to ensure low wait times and spur demand, causing drivers to spend over 40% of total work time empty and cruising for passengers. Combined with decreasing per-trip pay, this underutilization led to significant declines in driver income. In August 2018, responding to the increasing congestion on Manhattan streets and the financial hardship facing many taxi and for-hire vehicle (FHV) drivers, the New York City Council passed Local Law 147, pausing the issuance of new FHV licenses for a year and instructing the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) and Department of Transportation (DOT) to study the impact of the FHV sector on traffic congestion, vehicle utilization, driver income, traffic safety, and access to services throughout the city. …" Read more  Hmmmm… Well worth reading.  Alain  Tesla is delivering 1,000 cars a day en route to record quarter

F. Lambert, June 14, "…According to sources familiar with the matter, Tesla has been delivering cars at a rate of approximately 1,000 a day in North America so far this month.

Furthermore, there are almost 7,000 more deliveries planned over the next 7 days and even more last-minute deliveries are expected over the last week of the quarter as buyers try to get deliveries before the now $3,750 federal tax credit on Tesla vehicles goes down again…."  Read more  Hmmmm… Interesting  If they do  it, then all is great.  Alain

Half-baked stuff that probably doesn’t deserve your time 

 C’mon Man!  (These folks didn’t get/read the memo)  Huawei and partners to have self-driving cars as early as 2021

H. Field, June 13, "Chinese telecoms firm Huawei says it will launch self-driving cars as early as 2021 in partnership with several European, Japanese and Chinese car manufacturers. Dang Wenshuan, the company’s strategy chief, told the Financial Times that Huawei is developing self-driving AI software with Audi, GAC Toyota and Chinese manufacturers Beijing New Energy Automobile and Changan Automobile.

"From my understanding, we are working together to have a car that will be shipped in the year 2021 or 2022 using these [autonomous driving] components," Mr Dang said. "This will be in China, but not only in China… it will also be in Europe."…"  Read more  Hmmmm…Again, Self-driving… What Tesla, Cadillac CT-6, … already have.  Be careful of the "mirrors" in the video…. what is running on the cell phone and what is running on "the box in the trunk".  Plus if  "roads could bemastered by Huawei in 5 weeks" then it must have been pirated.  C’mon Huawei!!

Simply Click Bait


E. Halon, June 12, "Among the 750,000 vehicles that travel along Tel Aviv’s traffic-clogged Ayalon expressway every day, eagle-eyed motorists might have spotted one vehicle with a significant difference on Wednesday.
Indeed, amid the commuting masses rode an autonomous vehicle developed by Moscow-headquartered Yandex, safely navigating the morning traffic without any human intervention…" Read more  Hmmmm… From the video it is not obvious that this does much more than a Tesla.  Not more than ClickBait unless they mention disengagement rates and take us from the start all the way to the end of where at least a few people in Tel Aviv actually want to come from and go to.  Teslas and CT6s that are in the showrooms today do self driving road segments. Alain

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Recent PodCasts

Smart Driving Cars Podcast Episode 111

F. Fishkin, June 9, "Is GPS ruining your brain? Hear how one of the pioneers of the technology responds to that report. Princeton’s Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin tackle that and..what truckers think of autonomous trucks…self driving Lyft vehicles pass a milestone in Vegas…and news on Gatik AI, Drive AI, Apple, Tesla and more. Episode 111 of Smart Driving Cars!"

Smart Driving Cars Podcast Episode 110 – Lance Elliot

F. Fishkin, May 25, " The untold secrets of driverless car videos. Dr. Lance Eliot joins Princeton’s Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin for a liveley discussion. Plus…Waymo brings back self driving trucks, so will Daimler and is the future driverless for Uber and Lyft. Tune in and subscribe!"

Smart Driving Cars Podcast Episode 109

F. Fishkin, May 25, " Say what you mean and mean what you say. When it comes to traffic laws, that’s the way autonomous vehicles see it. What about the rest of us?… asks Princeton’s Alain Kornhauser. Tune in as he joins co-host Fred Fishkin on that issue, the future of Tesla, the USPS tests self driving trucks and more on GM’s Cruise and Google’s Waymo."

Smart Driving Cars Podcast Episode 108 3rd Summit Wrapup

F. Fishkin, May 18, "Wrapping up the 3rd annual Princeton Smart Driving Car Summit, Princeton’s Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin zero in on mobility for all and more. It’s just getting started. Plus the headlines from Nissan, Tesla, Uber and Lyft. Tune in and subscribe!"

Smart Driving Cars Podcast Episode 107 3rd Summit Leilei Shinohara & Staff Sergeant Terence McDonnell

F. Fishkin, May 18, "In this special edition from the 3rd Annual Princeton Smart Driving Cars Summit, Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin are joined by RoboSense VP Leilei Shinohara on the LiDAR’s benefits. And view of autonomous technology from law enforcement with New York State Police
Staff Sergeant Terence McDonnell." 

Smart Driving Cars Podcast Episode 106 3rd Summit David Kidd & Cecillia Feeley

F. Fishkin, May 18, "From the 3rd Annual Princeton Smart Driving Car Summit, David Kidd from the Highway Loss Data Institute joins Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin and then on site preliminary research results on mobility for all with Cecilia Feeley and Andrea Lubin from Rutgers." 

Smart Driving Cars Podcast Episode 105 3rd Summit John Eggert & Kurtis Hodge

F. Fishkin, May 18, "At the third annual Princeton Smart Driving Car Summit, Velodyne execs John Eggert and Vidya Devarasetty outline the latest, lower cost LiDAR. And co-hosts Alain Kornhauser and Fred Fishkin hop aboard the autonomous Olli for more with Local Motors Economist Kurtis Hodge."

Smart Driving Cars Podcast Episode 104 3rd Summit Anil Lewis & Katherine Freund

F. Fishkin, May 18,, "From the 3rd Annual Princeton Smart Driving Car Summit, join Professor Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin. In this special edition, the summit’s focus on mobility for all with guests Anil Lewis, Executive Director of Blindness Initiatives at the National Federation of the Blind and ITN America Founder Katherine Freund." 

Smart Driving Cars Podcast Episode 103

April 26, F. Fishkin, "GM’s Cruise gets ready to take on Google’s Waymo and its new partnership Lyft. Meanwhile Uber’s IPO stalls and Tesla restructures its autopilot team. Join Princeton’s Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin for that and more on the coming week’s Smart Driving Car Summit."

Smart Driving Cars Podcast Episode 102

April 26, F. Fishkin, "VW unveils an Inclusive Mobility Initiative to help make future transportation better for all…a major theme of the upcoming Smart Driving Car Summit at Princeton. The University’s Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin tackle that…plus the latest of Uber, Tesla and more in Episode 102 of the Smart Driving Cars podcast!"

Smart Driving Cars Podcast Episode 100 – Andrei Greenawalt’99/Via

April 5, F. Fishkin, "The success of on demand transit company Via is proving that ride sharing systems can work. Public Policy head Andrei Greenawalt joins Princeton’s Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin for a wide ranging discussion. Also: Uber, Tesla, Audi, Apple and Nuro are making headlines"

Smart Driving Cars Podcast Episode 98- Matt Daus

April 5, F. Fishkin, "Here comes congestion pricing in New York City…but what will it mean? Former city Taxi and Limousine Commission head and transportation expert Matthew Daus joins Princeton’s Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin. Also…Tesla, VW and even Brexit! All on Episode 98 of Smart Driving Cars."

Smart Driving Cars Podcast Episode 97 – Michael Sena’69

March 28, F. Fishkin, "The Future Networked Car? From Sweden, The Dispatcher publisher, Michael Sena, joins Princeton’s Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin for the latest edition of Smart Driving Cars. Plus …the Boeing story has much to do with autonomous vehicles and more. Tune in and subscribe."

Smart Driving Cars Podcast Episode 82 – Intel, Sciarappo & Jitsik, Loeb

F. Fishkin,  Jan. 9,  "One of the top chip makers in the world and a start up. Intel’s strategic marketing director for autonomous driving Jill Sciarappo and the founder of Jitsik, Dr. Helen Loeb join co-hosts Alain Kornhauser of Princeton University and Fred Fishkin for Episode 82 of the Smart Driving Cars podcast from CES."

Smart Driving Cars Podcast Episode 81 – nVIDIA, Shapiro & Local  Motors / Olli, Hodge

F. Fishkin,  Jan. 9,  "How NVIDIA is paving the way for self driving cars and a new OLLI automated transport from Local Motors. NVIDIA’s Senior Director for Automotive, Danny Shapiro and Kurtis Hodge of Local Motors join co-hosts Alain Kornhauser of Princeton University and Fred Fishkin for another edition of Smart Driving Cars from CES 2019.."

Smart Driving Cars Podcast Episode 75 – PAVE; Nantel, Erlich, Riccobono   

F. Fishkin,  Jan. 9,  "From CES in Las Vegas, a new industry organization, PAVE, is formed. Partners for Automated Vehicle Education. And some founding members join co-hosts Alain Kornhauser of Princeton University and Fred Fishkin for an on site discussion. Guests include National Safety Council VP Kelly Nantel, Voyage VP Justin Erlich and National Federation of the Blind President Mark Riccobono."

Smart Driving Cars Podcast Episode 71-Nader’55

F. Fishkin,  Dec. 13,  "When it comes to self driving cars, Ralph Nader says "Not so fast."  The renowned political activist and author takes the government and the industry to task in a super sized Episode 71 of the Smart Driving Cars Podcast. Join Princeton’s Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin for that and more!"

Smart Driving Cars Podcast Episode 69 – Chunka Mui

F. Fishkin, Nov 29,  "What will it take for driverless vehicles to become a leading form of transportation? Futurist and author Chunka Mui joins Princeton’s Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin for Episode 69 of the Smart Driving Cars podcast. Plus…Waymo, GM, Amazon and more. Tune in and subscribe! "

Smart Driving Cars Podcast Episode 68 – Dick Mudge

F. Fishkin, Nov 22,  "The insurance industry hears about the outlook for automated vehicles. Co-author Dick Mudge joins Princeton’s Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin for Episode 68 of the Smart Driving Cars podcast. Plus…Uber, GM Cruise, Waymo, VW and more. Tune in and subscribe!"

Smart Driving Cars Podcast Episode 66 – Bishop & Zimmerman

F. Fishkin, Nov 8,  "Daimler is partnering with Bosch to bring an autonomous ride hailing service to San Jose next year. In this edition, the Director of Engineering at Bosch joins Princeton’s Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin to outline how it will work. Plus Richard Bishop joins us fresh from an International Task Force on Vehicle Highway Automation in Denmark. And more!"

Smart Driving Cars Podcast Episode 65 – Bernard Soriano, CA DMV

F. Fishkin, Nov 1,  "California gives Waymo the green light for fully driverless vehicle testing on public roads and the state’s deputy director of the Department of Motor Vehicles, Bernard Soriano, joins the Smart Driving Cars podcast with the no nonsense details. Princeton’s Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin explore that and more. Tune in and subscribe!"

Smart Driving Cars Podcast Episode 58-Keith Code, Motorcycles

F. Fishkin, Sept 22  "In this edition of the Smart Driving Cars Podcast, Alain Kornhauser of Princeton University and co-host Fred Fishkin are joined by the founder of the Superbike School, Keith Code. Keith is an instructor, coach, author and researcher into motorcycle safety…and a champion racer. Beyond that….he’s an old high school friend of Alain’s! And there’s more on BMW, Apple, VW and more! . Tune in and subscribe!"

 Smart Driving Cars Podcast Episode 55-Larry Burns, Autonomy

F. Fishkin, Sept 6,  "The coming new world of driverless cars! In Episode 55 of the Smart Driving Cars podcast former GM VP and adviser to Waymo Larry Burns chats with Princeton’s Alain Kornhauser and Fred Fishkin about his new book "Autonomy: The Quest to Build the Driverless Car and How it Will Reshape Our World"