Smart Driving Cars Podcast
By Fred Fishkin/Alain Kornhauser
Smart Driving Cars PodcastSep 28, 2022
Smart Driving Cars: Waiting for the Cruise Origin okay (episode 335)
How long will NHTSA take to approve the Cruise Origin exemption to build without a steering wheel or pedals? Fred Fishkin chats with the acting NHTSA administrator and co-host Alain Kornhauser and guest Ariel Wolf, who heads Venable's Autonomous and Connected Mobility practice offer insights. Plus Cathie Wood, Tesla, SpaceX and more.
Smart Driving Cars: Waymo autonomous vehicles safer than humans, Tesla, Cruise & more. episode 334
Waymo and big re-insurer Swiss Re say Waymo's autonomous vehicles are safer than human drivers. Tesla's Dojo supercomputer sends shares higher. Cruise Origin on verge of getting okay. No steering wheels or pedals. Episode 334 of Smart Driving Cars with Princeton's Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin.
Smart Driving Cars- The Need for Driverless Vehicle Standards (episode 333)
The Need for Driverless Vehicle Standards is the lead as The Dispatcher publisher Michael Sena joins us from Sweden for the latest Smart Driving Cars. More highlights from episode 333.. NHTSA, E-Fuels, China, Elon Musk demos the latest FSD and Bryce Rasmussen, Princeton '25, shows the results demo of the Interactive Person Trip Visualization tool from Princeton. Join Princeton's Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin...and subscribe!
Smart Driving Cars: Interactive Person Trip Visualization tool demo (episode 332)
How can communities plan for autonomous mobility systems? There's a new Interactive Person Trip Visualization developed at Princeton University and Bryce Rasmussen, class of '25, shows us how it works. Episode 332 of Smart Driving Cars with Alain Kornhauser and Fred Fishkin. Plus..Cruise, Waymo, San Francisco, Tesla and more.
Smart Driving Cars episode 331: The SF Robotaxi Battle Continues
Following a crash with an emergency vehicle and a request from the California Department of Motor Vehicles, GM Cruise cuts San Francisco robotaxi fleet in half. What Princeton's Alain Kornhauser suggests they should do next, plus Cruise losses, automated vehicle legal issues, Tesla and more. Tune in to Alain and co-host Fred Fishkin for the latest.
Smart Driving Cars: The California PUC lifts the gates on full robotaxi services in S.F. (ep. 330)
Robotaxi service in San Francisco gets the green light from the California PUC. Princeton's Alain Kornhauser outlines his testimony, where services go from here and more on episode 330 of Smart Driving Cars with co-host Fred Fishkin. Plus...the big UPS contract, Tesla and the continuing efforts develop automatic emergency braking that works.
Smart Driving Cars: Tampa to provide affordable downtown mobility with Tesla fleet (episode 329)
Tampa Downtown Partnership head Shaun Drinkard and Florida Policy Project Founder Jeff Brandes join Princeton's Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin for a look at the new Tampa DASH service that will provide affordable mobility with a Tesla fleet of vehicles. Plus a preview of the Florida AV Summit, the latest headlines on Cruise, Waymo, Tesla, Luminar, NuView and more. Smart Driving Cars 329!
Smart Driving Cars episode 328 Start-ups and the future of driving and dealerships
On episode 328 of Smart Driving Cars, we're at the Holman Emerge conference in NJ focused on start-ups and the future of driving, dealerships and mobility. Guests include Holman CEO Carl Ortell, President Chris Conroy, Homan Growth Ventures CEO Bill Cariss and Spiffy founder Scott Wingo.
Smart Driving Cars -a SF taxi alliance board member says a Waymo ride felt extra safe! episode 327
A SF Taxi Alliance Board member takes a Waymo ride and says he felt extra safe! That's on top on episode 327 of Smart Driving Cars. That plus the latest from Cruise, Tesla, Uber, SpaceX and more. Join Princeton's Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin for the latest in autonomous mobility.
Smart Driving Cars- San Francisco robotaxis gain support from disability advocates (episode 326)
Some disability advocates are voicing support for expanded robotaxis in San Francisco, a SF paper pits Uber against Waymo in a race, Cruise begins testing in Miami, Tesla begins production of DOJO supercomputer and talks to a major automaker about licensing Full Self Driving. That and more on episode 236 of Smart Driving Cars with Princeton's Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin.
Smart Driving Cars: Cruise, Waymo & the Turing (Kornhauser) Test episode 325
Following a trip to the TRB Symposium in San Francisco and robo-taxi rides with Cruise and Waymo, Princeton's Alain Kornhauser declares they have passed the Turing (Kornhauser) Test of Proof of Technology. Now, he says, it is time for Proof of Market. How? Episode 325 of Smart Driving Cars with co-host Fred Fishkin
Smart Driving Cars episode 324: San Francisco turmoil, Musk says FSD is close & more
"Safe Street Rebels" are disrupting robotaxis in San Francisco, Elon Musk says FSD is almost here...probably this year, TRB Symposium approaches, VW to test self driving in Austin and more. Tune in to episode 324 of Smart Driving Cars with Princeton's Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin.
Smart Driving Cars- Robotaxis and first responders- episode 323
Robotaxis and first responders. The San Francisco situation with Waymo and Cruise. And focusing on solving mobility needs could generate more public support. Russ Mitchell of the L.A. Times joins Princeton's Alain Konrhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin for episode 323 of Smart Driving Cars.
Smart Driving Cars: A Leaf owner on Tesla Model 3 rental experience and visualizing mobility needs
What were the takeaways when a Nissan Leaf owner picks up a Model 3 from a Hertz rental counter? Ken Pyle, managing editor of Viodi, tells us first hand. Plus more on Tesla, Mobileye, Cruise and Waymo and an interactive data visualization demo on mobility demand from Princeton student Bryce Rasmussen. Episode 322 of Smart Driving Cars.
Smart Driving Cars a look at GM's Cruise Origin & more episode 321
A look at the innovative Cruise Origin from CARTS Mobility's Jerry He, dissecting the market for autonomous mobility, Tesla's rocket ride and more. Join Princeton's Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin for episode 321 of Smart Driving Cars.
Smart Driving Cars NHTSA moves to require real automatic emergency braking (episode 320)
NHTSA begins the rule process to require automatic emergency braking that works even at highway speeds. That and more on episode 320 of Smart Driving Cars. Guest Roger Lanctot, director Automotive Connect Mobility, Global Automotive Practice at TechInsights joins Princeton's Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin.
Smart Driving Cars episode 319 Communications, Catalytic Converters, Ford, Tesla, Waymo and more
Is vehicle to vehicle communication needed? Ford's electric vehicle issues even as it strikes a deal with Tesla. The Model Y becomes a global top seller while Elon Musk's Neuralink wins FDA approval for chip implant trials. The Dispatcher publisher Michael Sena joins Princeton's Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin for those stories and more on episode 319 of Smart Driving Cars.
Smart Driving Cars- AI, Elon, Mobileye, Waymo, Cruise & more ep. 318
On episode 318 of Smart Driving Cars: Futurist Chunka Mui says don't fall for the hype on generative AI...but don't be complacent. Plus the Mobileye deal with Porsche, Tesla's driver monitoring, Elon's CNBC interview and headlines from Waymo, Cruise and Lyft. Join Princeton's Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin for the latest.
Smart Driving Cars episode 317
Smart Driving Cars episode 317 Waymo, Cruise, Elon and more. Join Princeton's Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin for the latest on autonomy, mobility and more.
Smart Driving Cars: The Road to Autonomy with Grayson Brulte -episode 316
Grayson Brulte, head of The Road to Autonomy, selects S&P Dow Jones to be the custom calculations agent for indices. He joins Princeton's Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin to discuss that plus the outlook for autonomous mobility and industry, trucking and more. Plus the latest Smart Driving Cars Summit news. Tune in and subscribe.
Smart Driving Cars -Mobility for the Non-mobile episode 315
Episode 315 of Smart Driving Cars: There's a new book on the way from Princeton's Alain Kornhauser and Michael Sena, publisher of The Dispatcher. Mobility for the Non-mobile. Plus, Alain on what was learned from the SpaceX Starship launch, Cruise is now offering driverless transportation around the clock in San Francisco and more details on this spring's Princeton Smart Driving Cars Summit.
Smart Driving Cars-the launch of Starship (episode 314)
A step towards our journey to Mars. And it relates to mobility. Princeton's Alain Kornhauser was there for the inaugural launch of #Starship from Starbase in Texas. His thoughts on the achievement by SpaceX and Elon Musk as Alain joins co-host Fred Fishkin for episode 314 of Smart Driving Cars.
Smart Driving Cars: Cruise recall, Waymo, Aurora, Tesla & more (episode 313)
Some praise for Cruise and the voluntary recall, a battle for Waymo and Aurora, Didi Robotaxis, Tesla, Space X and the coming Princeton Smart Driving Cars Summit. All in episode 313 of Smart Driving Cars with Princeton's Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin.
Smart Driving Cars China's Baidu Apollo Autonomous Driving reports progress (episode 312)
Baidu Apollo is now operating in three cities in China including Beijing providing fully driverless rides to passengers. Helen Pan, GM of Baidu Apollo Autonomous Driving USA joins Alain and and Fred and Jerry He of CARTS Mobility to discuss the progress and plans. Join us for the wide ranging discussion plus the latest on the upcoming 6th Annual Smart Driving Cars Summit!
Smart Driving Cars: The great AI debate & more episode 311
With Elon Musk and others joining the Future of Life Institute in calling for a pause in AI development, what's next? The Dispatcher publisher Michael Sena joins Alain Korhauser and Fred Fishkin from Sweden to discuss that plus a freeze on ICE, Ford, Bill Gates and more. Episode 311 of Smart Driving Cars.
Smart Driving Cars: Where autonomous mobility goes from here- ep.310
Where does autonomous mobility go from here? Princeton's Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin explore...plus Ford's EV losses, SMART grants fail to fund autonomous mobility, Waymo, drones & more.
Smart Driving Cars: The Future Networked Car (episode 309)
Following the The Future Networked Car ITU Symposium, committee member and moderator Michael Sena joins Alain and Fred for episode 309 of Smart Driving Cars. And a National Disability Institute study on how autonomous mobility could help millions join the workforce. Plus GM Cruise, Gatik and Krogers, Baidu and more.
Smart Driving Cars: On the road at Starbase (episode 308)
In this special edition of Smart Driving Cars, Princeton's Alain Kornhauser takes us to Boca Chica, Texas and pays a visit to Starbase, the SpaceX Spaceport.
Smart Driving Cars: Here comes GM's Ultra Cruise (episode 307)
GM says Ultra Cruise will arrive with the 2024 Cadillac Celestiq and will ultimately enable hands free driving in 95 percent of driving situations. Ultra Cruise chief engineer Jason Ditman joins Alain and Fred for episode 307 of Smart Driving Cars. He tackles the tough questions and issues. Plus Cruise Robotaxi unit cutting costs, NHTSA probing Zoox self certification and Embark winding down.
Smart Driving Cars: #Waymo, #Tesla, #Ford and more (episode 306)
Waymo passes a million miles with Waymo Driver and issues a safety report. Tesla addresses investors and the future, Ford creates Latitude AI and more. Join Princeton's Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin for episode 306 of Smart Driving Cars.
Smart Driving Cars: The De-Industrial Revolution Has Begun (episode 305)
With shrinking populations and vacant office space, Michael Sena says the de-industrial revolution has begun. "The Dispatcher" publisher and consultant joins Alain Kornhauser & Fred Fishkin for episode 305 of Smart Driving Cars. Plus...run flat tires, GM's Cruise Origin, Locomation, Tesla and more.
Smart Driving Cars: Missy Cummings battles for smarter, safer, automated driver assistance (ep. 304)
She was among the first female fighter pilots in the Navy, was recently a senior NHTSA safety advisor, and is a professor of engineering and computer science. Missy Cummings is worried that ADAS technology is causing more people to speed. What to do? Dr. Cummings joins Alain and Fred to discuss. Plus the latest from Zoox, Tesla and more.
Smart Driving Cars: Evaluating Driver Assistance -episode 303
Ford's BlueCruise comes out on top in an evaluation of active driving assistance systems by Consumer Reports. Manager of Vehicle Technology Kelly Funkhouser joins us for a look at what car makers are getting right and getting wrong. Plus.. Tesla, Mobileye, autonomous planes and more.
Smart Driving Cars: Autonomous Chaos in SF? (episode 302)
Robotaxi chaos in San Francisco? Tesla boosting production in China. Level 3 launch from Mercedes. Layoffs at Rivian. More SpaceX success! Join us for episode 302 of Smart Driving Cars with Princeton's Alain Kornhauser & co-host Fred Fishkin.
Smart Driving Cars- Driverless work vehicles leading way-#Tesla-#Ford & more. episode 301
Driverless work vehicles advance while driverless passenger cars seem stalled. The Dispatcher publisher Michael Sena joins Alain and Fred on episode 301 of Smart Driving Cars for that, plus Tesla rebounds, Ford's Blue Cruise impresses and more.
Smart Driving Cars: Alain in Africa, #Mobileye, #Tesla, #ToyotaBoshoku & more. Episode 300
Episode 300 of Smart Driving Cars! Alain returns from Africa, Mobileye eyes robotaxis in Israel and beyond, Tesla demand rises after price cuts, Mercedes talks level 3 and Toyota Boshoku shows future mobility for all. Tune in and subscribe!
Smart Driving Cars: Shuttling off to Buffalo, #Tesla a top seller, more from CES (episode 299)
Episode 299 of Smart Driving Cars rolls in with Buffalo advancing plans for autonomous shuttles, Tesla becoming the number one luxury car brand in the U.S., concept self driving cars plus interviews from CES with Holon and Ottonomy. Join Alain Kornhauser and Fred Fishkin for the ride. Thanks to Ken Pyle and Dr. Elizabeth Monroe.
Smart Driving Cars: CES 2023 (episode 298)
CES 2023 brought out crowds and innovation once again. The Smart Driving Cars team, with Alain Kornhauser, Ken Pyle and Dr. Elizabeth Monroe, caught up with Halo.car, Stradvision, Zoox and more. With videos courtesy of Viodi, Alain joins Fred Fishkin for a look as the Smart Driving Cars newsletter begins its second decade.
Smart Driving Cars: #AI #Elon, the year that was and the year ahead. episode 297
AI, driver monitoring systems and safety are on top in Michael Sena's latest issue of The Dispatcher. He joins Alain and Fred for that and much more on Tesla, Elon Musk, Aurora, a look at the year that was and a look ahead. Smart Driving Cars episode 297.
mart Driving Cars: Florida's 10th annual Automated Vehicle Summit, Waymo, TuSimple & more
The driving force behind Florida's 10th annual Automated Vehicle Summit, former State Senator Jeff Brandes, joins Alain and Fred for a dive into the progress to date and what's to come. Plus Waymo, Uber Eats, TuSimple and more.
Solar powered urban mobility? Squad Mobility, Tesla, Everyday Astronaut & more on ep. 295
Squad Mobility is bringing its solar powered mini vehicle, the Solar City Car to CES next month. CEO Robert Hoevers joins Alain and Fred on episode 295 to show and tell. Plus the upcoming Florida AV Summit, Tesla, the Everyday Astronaut and more.
The Driverless Car Landscape Shifts, is #AI really AI, can #Tesla make it big in trucking. Ep. 294
With The Dispatcher publisher, Michael Sena, joining Alain and Fred this is a meaty episode 294 of Smart Driving Cars. On the agenda: the driverless car landscape shifts, China's car strategy, is AI really AI, can Tesla make it big in trucking and what is happening to sidewalks? And there's more...in this deep December discussion.
Amazon, Ambarella, Cruise, Tesla & Mercedes: Smart Driving Cars episode 293
The reported Argo lifeline from Amazon that never arrived, The Ambarella/Continental deal, a safety report from Cruise, and Tesla opens up FSD and moves to block cheating on attentiveness. Episode 293 of Smart Driving cars with Princeton's Alain Kornhauser & co-host Fred Fishkin.
Behind the wheel with Tesla FSD Beta tester Chuck Cook ep. 292
Chuck Cook, pilot and airline industry veteran, has been a prominent Tesla FSD Beta tester, well known inside and outside the company. Recently featured in the NY Times, Chuck joins Alain Kornhauser and Fred Fishkin on episode 292 of Smart Driving Cars for a look at where FSD is today.
Smart Driving Cars: #GM expands #SuperCruise ep. 291
As GM expands Super Cruise, assistant program engineering manager Jonathan Vitale joins Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin for a look at the capabilities now and in the future. Plus Ouster, Velodyne, Trenton Moves, TuSimple, Waymo, Tesla and more. Smart Driving Cars episode 291!
Smart Driving Cars: A New Deployment Framework for Autonomous Vehicles ep.290
On episode 290 of Smart Driving Cars, Princeton's Alain Kornhauser shares a presentation just delivered in Vancouver titled...A New Deployment Framework for Autonomous Vehicles. Plus..he chats with co-host Fred Fishkin about Waymo, Lyft, Aurora, Tesla and more.
Smart Driving Cars: #Argo AI demise not a setback for future of AVs (episode 289)
The demise of #Argo AI, the joint Ford-Volkswagen venture..is a step forward for autonomous vehicles, not a step back. So says Princeton's Alain Kornhauser on episode 289 of Smart Driving Cars. Alain and co-host Fred Fishkin are joined by The Dispatcher publisher Michael Sena for that plus #Tesla, Elon Musk and more.
Smart Driving Cars: #Waymo heading to L.A.-#Tesla touts growth (Episode 288)
Waymo is bringing Robotaxi service to L.A.. But Princeton's faculty chair of autonomous vehicle engineering is concerned the focus may not be in the right places. Alan Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin zero in on Waymo, Lyft, Tesla and a test drive in the Ford F-150 Lightning on episode 288 of Smart Driving Cars.
Smart Driving Cars: The ABCs of Autonomous Vehicles: Technology, Economics and Policy (episode 287)
A special webinar edition of Smart Driving Cars: From the Reason Foundation , The Brookings Institution and Princeton Autonomous Vehicle Engineering, welcome to the ABCs of Autonomous Vehicles: Technology, Economics and Policy. Join Princeton's Alain Kornhauser, Cliff Winston of Brookings and Marc Scribner of Reason and moderator Fred Fishkin.
Smart Driving Cars: (episode 286) #Tesla, #Musk, #AI Day and more
The biggest take-away from Tesla's 2022 AI Day? Princeton's Alain Kornhauser says it's the massive compute power. Why? Join Alain and co-host Fred Fishkin for episode 286 of Smart Driving Cars. Plus Kodiak Robotics, Mobileye, Uber, Motional and an upcoming webinar on The Present and Future of Autonomous Vehicle Technology.