What Drives Us episode

#349 Whose Data is it, Anyway?

16 Jan , 2020   Video

In this week’s show:

1) The current NTSB requirements for black box data is woefully short of all the data required to determine the actual situation of a modern-day crash. Manufacturers are not required to hand over additional data. Should owners be able to pull the data themselves to turn over to the police? Should they be able to pull data from a used car prior to purchasing it?

2) Tesla’s stock has soared recently to the point that the company is now valuated higher than GM and Ford, combined! It doesn’t help that Ford and GM have seen their own valuations dropping in the recent months.

3) The Boring Company’s 0.8 mile tunnel is completed under Las Vegas between convention centers. It’s likely not going to reach 140mph like previously advertised, it might use skates to move cars or not. Details are few and far between.

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#348 Dieselgate Saves VW

14 Jan , 2020   Video

This week:
1) States face roadblocks on path to lower tailpipe emissions.
2) BMW remains committed to ICE cars for at least 30 more years.
3) The Prius is no longer Toyota’s top-selling hybrid.
4) Sony shocks CES by unveiling a car.
5) The Fisker Ocean might actually be areal thing.
6) Tesla’s Gigafactory 4 has to tread lightly in the forest.

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# 347 Robot Replacements

3 Jan , 2020   Video

1) Tony reviewed the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. Be sure to check out his two separate reviews:
Ride-along review: https://youtu.be/ed4CUB73QWE
Walk-around review: https://youtu.be/hty_KFkWZMY

2) At the beginning of the 2010s, Lithium-Ion batteries were projected to herald in the era of the electric vehicle. We discuss accessibility of battery components and the drop in prices.

3) Volkswagen has released conceptual animations of very cute little battery charging robots. You park your car anywhere in a parking garage and the robots will not only bring a mobile battery pack, the pack will plug itself into your car.

4) December saw a flurry of Tesla software updates. We pick them apart.

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#336 Hydrogen Double Take

5 Oct , 2019   Video

  1. Florida Power & Light committed to 1,000 new EV chargershttps://insideevs.com/news/373803/florida-1000-charging-points/
  2. From Yahoo! Finance: Solar and Wind are now Cheaper than Coal in Most of the World:https://finance.yahoo.com/news/solar-wind-now-cheaper-coal-210000650.html
  3. Truly a new take or just flogging an old trope one more time?https://www.thedrive.com/tech/26050/exclusive-toyota-hydrogen-boss-explains-how-fuel-cells-can-achieve-corolla-costs
  4. This is going to be fun: The 2nd Gen Mirai will be out in 2020.  They’re actually making a 2nd Gen:https://www.autoblog.com/2019/09/26/toyota-mirai-hydrogen-fuel-cell-car-second-generation/
  5. And speaking of Hydrogen:Engineers in Alberta think the’ve found a way for the oilseeds to produce clean fuel:https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/alberta-hydrogen-innovation-1.5290297
  6. Lane tape might be a cheap fix to help AV developmenthttps://www.on-sitemag.com/roads/marking-the-way-to-driverless-cars-ontarios-407-etr-3m-team-up-to-test-novel-road-tape/1003965295/
  7. Between 1990-2016, despite a sizable 35% increase in the overall fuel efficiency of our vehicle fleet, national emissions rose by 21%. Why? Because those improvements were accompanied by a 50% increase in driving.
    https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/Open-Forum-Electric-cars-won-t-save-us-but-a-14462534.php
  8. Some people love car dealers (service)
    https://www.autonews.com/fixed-ops-journal/survey-3-out-4-vehicle-owners-prefer-dealership-service

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#329 – Safer Cars Make Less Safe Drivers

28 Jul , 2019   Video

1) Dockless scooters are being ticketed, towed, and impounded.
https://www.theverge.com/2019/7/24/20696405/dockless-scooters-share-repo-men-repossessor-lawsuit-tow-yard-lime-bird-lyft-uber-razor

2) Uber’s CEO predicted self-driving cars and flying cars by now. Why’s my flaying car?
https://www.geekwire.com/2018/uber-ceo-expects-self-driving-cars-start-picking-passengers-18-months-flying-cars-5-7-years/

3) Carlos Ghosn is suing Nissan-Mitsubishi because they fired him wrong
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-renault-nissan-ghosn-idUSKCN1UF063

4) Safety Technology makes people less safe
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1369847818302559

5) 50 Solar charging stations have been installed in New York City
https://solarchargeddriving.com/2019/07/16/solar-ev-charging-stations-go-up-in-new-york-city

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#224 Chevrolet Bolt Review And This Week’s News

30 Mar , 2017   Video

This week’s news and reviews…

Mark –

Mark goes into detail on his week driving the Chevy Bolt EV

 

Paul –

Tesla finds some new funding

 

Russell –

Uber news round-up: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Android Auto whips ass on Apple Car Play

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#217 Tesla, Elon Musk, Trump, Faraday Future and more Disasters

9 Feb , 2017   Video

This week’s show starts with a fiery debate between Evan and Russell over Elon Musk and Donald Trump. Come for the excitement and stick around for the excellent news coverage this week.

Russell Rant/s…

You can’t have it both ways, Elon Musk is normalizing trumps craziness

Thanks Igor

For posting info on the prime availability in NY state via twitter

And so begins the walkback of shame

Fucking Uber

Mark

VW tells us how they will spend the $2B Dieselgate Fine

11 facts about the Bolt

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