AD #3251 – Tesla FSD Recall; Rivian Fights Battery Supplier Samsung; Luxurious Toyota Tundra Capstone Review

February 1st, 2022 at 11:49am

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Runtime: 10:20

0:07 Gen Z Nicknames Cars More Than Baby Boomers Do
0:50 Tesla FSD Recall
1:49 Rivian Fights Battery Supplier Samsung
2:38 Porsche Improving Online Car Sales
4:06 Luxurious Toyota Tundra Review
6:13 AAA Tests Driver Monitoring Systems for Semi-Autonomous Driving
7:20 Magna Supplies eDrive System for VW Group’s MEB Platform
8:28 Best to Worst EV Charging Networks
9:14 India Wants Battery Swapping Too!

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53 Comments to “AD #3251 – Tesla FSD Recall; Rivian Fights Battery Supplier Samsung; Luxurious Toyota Tundra Capstone Review”

  1. Norm T Says:

    “…Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid is the only hybrid in the full-size truck segment. Compared with comparable, non-hybrid models, it delivers 33-percent greater city fuel economy and a 23.5-percent improvement in overall fuel economy, all with the capability customers want in full-size truck – including a 6,100-pound (2,767 kg) trailering capacity.

    Estimated fuel economy for both 2WD and 4WD models is 20 mpg in the city and 23 on the highway….”  GM Media with a larger 300-volt battery and 6.0l V8 circa 2012!

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I’ve only ever named one car, a baby blue 1964 Dodge Dart that I had into the ’80s, when it died of road salt cancer. Its name was Old Blue.


    I’ve only named one car also. Like Kit it is also named “old blue”. It is blue and 35 years old and thus the name. Probably should find another name, but this one has stuck in the family.

  4. RSharp Says:

    With respect to the Tesla “FSD” system and its programming to allow slow rolling through a stop, I think you’re giving Tesla too much leeway to skirt the law. The FSD system is still a Beta development. Corner-cutting should not be allowed now and probably not later. The systems capability to faultlessly detect cross traffic, pedestrians, dog walkers and other potential elements in the right-of-way is unproven. Would you step in front of a Tesla that was slowing as it approached a cross-walk with a stop sign?

  5. Jeff Taylor Says:

    My son, who is Gen Z, named my Tesla Felix.

  6. Lambo2015 Says:

    I don’t remember ever naming any of my personal vehicles but we did have a nickname for the School bus. Once my older brother was driving it was often said: Please don’t make us ride the big cheeze. We did use the nicknames widely given to manufacturers names. “Stang” for Mustang and “The Goat” for the GTO and poor mans vette for the Chevette.

  7. GM Veteran Says:

    So, because many drivers do not obey the law, we should start creating vehicles that do not also? Perhaps it would be better to create vehicles that reinforce good driving habits rather than encouraging us to drive our “manual” vehicles in an unlawful manner. After all, even if our self-driving vehicles can see potential obstructions in all weather and at night, we can’t.

  8. S65AMG Says:

    I read the Tundra review but was disappointed that most of the lengthy paragraph was listing stats we already know, and barely three words in it referred to your own actual driving experience.

    I noticed some posts about drivers giving their car names. I don’t think we had a nickname for our first car ever, or the first car I bought for myself (a 79 Dasher Wagon manual). When I got a 5-sp manual Pontiac with a brazilian 1.8 lt engine, rated at a then EPA optimistic 46 highway (I had to drive 55 with 2 extra psi on the tires to get even 42), I called it “glider”. I don’t think I named the Accord Coupe manual 1990 anything. When I got the “magnificent 7″ 1998 740il, a multi-talented flagship luxury car, I called it “The Decathlete”. Great at everything except city MPG in the winter (barely double digits with the short distances, cold starts, and spirited driving, but who would care). My girlfriend, when I asked her what she thought about it (she had just bought a 5-door 5-sp Corolla hatch made in the UK for 17k euros) told me it looked like those ‘cars in the movies’ (implying lifestyles of the rich and famous)

    The current E 320 Diesels (an 07 and an 08) I don’t call any specific names, but the one in MI is like the perfect housewife, good at everything and 100% reliable, and pretty good looking too, the 08 overseas is a more glitzy version with its bright white paint and the silver on white fancy trim on the door handles etc, and the excellent wooden steering wheel.

  9. Don B Says:

    My wife actually named my 91 GMC Syclone.
    She calls it Monster, I’m sure most of you know why.

    I will have to try your rolling stop sign argument with the cop that pulls me over.
    I’ll let you know if it works, or you pay the ticket.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    7 if you don’t manually disengage it, regular adaptive cruise control, like on my Toyota, will automatically run stop signs, even if the car in front stops.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Does anyone know the mpg ratings of the Tundra hybrid? They are not on the EPA site yet.

  12. S65AMG Says:

    In yesterday’s show there was an after hours post by Kit referring to the “depression” under the previous administration. When Lambo, rightfully astounded, took him to task, Kit gave the lame excuse that it was a joke. Leaving aside that this excuse has been given to me several times, by people 9 of 10 of whom are females, when I point out that astrology and horoscopes are nonsense and a waste of time (and they say that they just waste their time on them for ‘fun’), and leaving aside that any person who read this who actually Lived during the REAL Depression, the FDR 1933-1941 depression that none of his idiotic New Deal policies made any easier, but only the huge war production in 41-45 finally put an end to it), leaving all the above aside, I don’t believe it was a joke for one minute.

    So first, let’s be serious, and give the definition of a depression vs a mere recession.

    A recession is a normal occurence in every economic cycle, and is precisely defined as ‘at least two consequtive negative GDP growth Quarters’.

    A Depression is far more fare and far more disastrous and is defined as several YEARS of the above.

    I then got curious to see how my investments (these are not any of my 401 and 403Ks or IRAs but my taxable investments. The retirement ones should have done similarly, consisting of the same more or less mutual funds, or better.)

    So I cut and paste from my Summary page at

    2017: $2,482,467
    2018: $3,056,035, up 23.1% for the year.
    2019: $3,717, 286, up 21.64%
    2020: $4,470,k504, up 20.26%
    2021: $5,173,613, up 15.73% (I had to deal with the new econ illiterate admin since late Jan, what do you expect?)

    Note that I am a ‘buy and hold’ investor, not a player or day trader, the above has ZERO stocks, 80% stock and 20% bond mutual funds. And historically stocks return 11% over almost 200 years, a VAST amount of facts, ie historical data.

    Some “recession”, much less “Depression”!

    Unfortunately these funds are obliged to distribute cap gains and dividends and we have to pay taxes on these every year, even though I have ALREADY paid a high income tax on the $ I invested.

    Note the huge LIE by the despicable Warren Buffet when he claimed he pays less taxes than his secretary. He never did. he paid high taxes once, when he made the $ he invested, and then he pays AGAIN, cap gains and div taxes, when his investments have gains. His secretary paid low income taxes only ONCE.

    So in my case these cap gains and divs were (and every year I had to send a big fat additional tax check to the IRS AND MI for this)

    2017: $179,520
    2018: $230,918
    2019: $214,563
    2020: $140,140
    2021: $396,943.

    And compare with the last year of the Obama admin

    2016: $50,986. I did not leave out a zero.

    Oh and BTW, in my case, and the case of academics in general, the 2018 Tax “cut” was not a cut, because the new tax law forbid us to claim our business expenses as deductions. This is why in 2018 I founded a company (LLC) to be still able to do what I should be allowed to do. Fortunately in MI (unlike in CA which is 10 times the cost) it cost me only $150 to found the company and only $25 a year to renew the license or whatever.

  13. ChuckGrenci Says:

    I also had a car I called ‘blue’; not ole blue even though she was used when I bought her. My first car I named ‘reefer’ (no I didn’t smoke dope); her color was reef turquoise. A couple of others, and a lot of the time, it was just preceded with a “the”, i.e., the vette, the caddy, the wagon, etc.

    The Tundra is finally up to par with the others out there; not exceeding in anything, just on-par. Kind of like the Frontier’s new model; not better but in the same league (and that’s a pity).

    And with Rivian: now is not the time to be picking fights with your battery manufacturer; the field is not exactly awash in capacity at the moment of foreseeable future.

  14. S65AMG Says:

    We are supposed to have a winter storm starting with rain later this afternoon and continuing overnight with 15″ snow, and lasting into Thu. So I need to go do some shopping (groceries) and then take my 90-min walk along the riverfront park today, since I doubt I’ll do it the next 2 days.

    Groceries reminded me of inflation. This and my previous post are 100% economics, not politics, that we are supposed by some unwritten law to avoid here.

    The official inflation number of 7%, even tho it still is a 40 year high, is a JOKE. The REAL inflation, esp for the average Joe buying groceries, is FAR higher. Iknow because I do it every week and can compare.

    gas prices, up by far more than 7%, have resulted in far higher prices of every item that needs to be transported to be sold.

    Healthy foods like fruit, which I buy every week, are THRU THE ROOF. How can it be that a state like MI, which has its own plentiful apples, has such RIDICULOUS prices for them? I used to pay $1.50 for a 3 lb bag, now it’s $2 a a pound!!

    Milk and Egg prices have also soared.

    Unhealthy but popular foods are also at ridiculous heights. I use very little bacon (I have 2 eggs and a slice or two fried only on Sunday morning, the rest of the time I only eat boiled eggs and no bacon). I used to get apound of bacon at $2.50-3 max. now it is TWICE that. the lowest I could find last week was $4.19 at Aldi.

    Inflation obviously does NOT hurt people like myself, I just don’t like to pay the higher prices, BUT it really hurts the POOR and those on Fixed incomes.

    You can draw the obvious conclusions. I got to go.

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12 Why don’t you just STFU, and keep your politics off this site. You say “Kit gave the lame excuse that it was a joke.” Well, it was a joke. My parents lived through the depression of the ’30s, and I well know what they went through, and that what we saw in 2020 was not a depression. Jeez…

  16. Albemarle Says:

    Lots of countries, such as New Zealand, don’t use many stop signs. I believe I have read that Yield signs are actually safer. This focus on coming to a full stop is false safety. Change the signs then we all can legally roll through empty intersections.

    We named our 2017 Bolt ‘Jouley’. Still waiting for the battery fix so I call it ‘EverNotReady’ now.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    16 Where I grew up, and still spend summers in Indiana, they love 4 way stops. There are few places in my county where you can drive more than a mile without one. What a waste of fuel and brakes.


    16) I think roundabouts make more sense than a 4-way yield. Those are becoming more popular in my area and I like them. People don’t really know yet how to drive around them properly but they work well enough. The biggest benefit is that if there was ever an accident, which there usually never is, the impacts are light along the sides of the car. Basically a light glancing blow with near zero injury. 4-way intersection accidents result in the front end of one vehicle slamming into the side of another vehicle typically with a resultant injury; sometimes serious. Traffic incidents have reduced dramatically in my area everywhere a round-a-bout has been used.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    18 I like roundabouts, but a lot of people don’t, I think because they are a “new thing” in Indiana and Florida, and people aren’t used to them. A downside of roundabouts, is that they take a lot of real estate. Some places, that doesn’t matter much, but many places it does.

  20. DanaPointJohn Says:

    STOP means STOP! Geez!

  21. Albemarle Says:

    17. I live in a small city 20k in Ontario Canada and 4 way stops are a problem here. Everyone glides up to them slowly, worried they won’t be able to tell who gets to go. Then they all sit there for a number of seconds. Then they start waving to other cars that they can go first. It would be amusing if you have the time for it. In general conversation with people, they all say they won’t take such and such a road because there is a 4 way stop and they don’t have the time.

    18. Roundabouts work well when traffic isn’t too heavy, then stop lights work better. I spent over an hour working through a chain of roundabouts one morning rushhour in Hamilton New Zealand. I would have been so happy for some lights instead.

  22. RS Says:

    What a shock to find here are no STOP signs in the UK.Every intersection is considered a roundabout. From Cornwall (southwest) to Dover ( southeast)and from the English Channel to North of Liverpool I found only one solitary stop sign in the entire country. The European drivers are scrupulous in their lane discipline but rarely stop at intersections.
    North A.erican culture has identified two false causes of collisions:

  23. RS Says:


    2 Failure to STOP

    Both are largely irrelevant.

    Yield right-of-way is much better and safer than STOP
    You can travel quite quickly – and safely – if you observe the other rules of the road

  24. Jim Haines Says:

    When I took my drivers test if you did a rolling stop you failed the test period Stop is Stop not slow or yield

  25. Albemarle Says:

    23 Only if you know how to drive. We specialize in tailgating, not knowing how to pass, and texting. It’s taken over from lighting cigarettes as something to do while driving.

  26. Ukendoit Says:

    My ’66 VW dune buggy is Blinky, the name just sounded like a 60s beachy name, and it looks like a Blinky. When we were little, we named some of the cars, but other than Blinky, we don’t really do that now.
    I am also a fan of roundabouts, and they are popping up around here. I am surprised how well everyone has adapted to them. I also agree about the wasteful stopping, and always have. The “proper stop” as the police have told me, is to come to a complete stop so the vehicle body is no longer moving, but I really hate to waste the kinetic energy, especially if no one is coming. Its not about being in a hurry, I don’t mind driving slow, just wasting energy. Once we have V2V and autonomous driving, that should be the first priority; no vehicle should have to come to a complete stop as long as they are working together.
    For about the last 10 years or so, buying milk for my boys has been about 1.99-2.29 (still is), most all our groceries at Kroger have remained the same; half & half, coffee, cereal, eggs, spinach, bread, soup, sparkling/seltzer water, beer, cat food, ice cream. I do use the app and get the e-coupons and stock up on some items we often use when they are cheaper. The meat has gotten outrageous and the apples are 4.29, but we just do with less of those. Gas has increased here, but since it has stayed around $2 for a long time, I’m not surprised. Maybe higher gas prices will motivate some to switch to EVs.

  27. Kit Gerhart Says:

    13 It sounds like the Tundra is “up to par,” but it still has fewer choices than the Ford, Chevy, and Dodge. So far, it looks like there is only one powertrain, the turbo V6/10-speed auto. There is no real info about the hybrid. It is not shown either on the EPA site, or in the Toyota “build and price” tool. There is more choice of body style than with the smaller trucks, though, two different four door bodies, and two different bed lengths for each.

    There are a bunch of packages listed on the Toyota site, and 5 trim levels. Might they let customers order them, unlike with Camry, Highlander, and Sienna?

  28. Lambo2015 Says:

    16,19 I grew up out in the country in Southern Michigan and most intersections were two way stops. Most have been converted to 4 way stops even though traffic isn’t really any heavier. What used to take 5 minutes now takes twice as long with all the stops and no one around.
    Then to make it even more frustrating people will sit at the intersection as you approach from 500 feet away. Wait until you have come to a complete stop before going or wave for you to go.

  29. Buzzerd Says:

    Do I come to a complete stop at stop signs? Yea pretty much. Especially after I’ve been almost hit many times while jogging at stop signs. Stopping doesn’t necessarily eliminate the problem of people not seeing pedestrians but it helps a lot I think. I’m not known for paying attention to very many speed limits but intersections are where most collisions happen. That’s not the place to be in a hurry.
    Do I name my vehicles? No, like other nicknames they have to be earned.

  30. Buzzerd Says:

    @28 – I would agree 4 way stop signs are there because of the safety nazis and are over used in NA.

  31. Kit Gerhart Says:

    24 You’d fail the test for not stopping at a stop sign when I took it too, but that was a long time ago, 1962. Also, you would get “warned” if you didn’t stop behind the “stop behind” line at intersections that had them. In Florida, many drivers seem to think those foot-wide white lines are to park your rear wheels on, not to stop behind, and that cross walks at intersections with stop lights are to put your front wheels in the center of.

  32. Buzzerd Says:

    @31 I got deducted a couple points in my test because my front bumper was over the line a little at a stop sign

  33. Kit Gerhart Says:

    28 When I first started driving, there were a lot more two way stops, but if there was a nasty crash within a hundred miles, especially a fatality, from someone running a stop sign, a few more 4 way stops would replace two way stops. Now, there are almost no two way stops on the county roads.

  34. Kit Gerhart Says:

    32 They must not do that any more, at least most places in the US.

  35. Sean Wagner Says:

    I’ve never given any car a name. But in the century before last, the world’s then-fastest, a Belgian electric, went by the name “Never Content”. Ta-dah:

    Roundabouts began multiplying in central Europe about a generation ago. I think there’s even one in the vicinity with some traffic lights, though I can’t recall the flow control methodology.

  36. Sean Wagner Says:

    Cruise has opened up their autonomous Bolts operating in San Francisco to the public, albeit in a very limited manner. Company video:

    I remember being inordinately impressed by their cars navigating the streets some years ago. Clearly, this is a significant leap.

  37. Kit Gerhart Says:

    35 The body looks aerodynamic, but the rest, not so much. I assume it used lead-acid battwries, but I think nickel-iron batteries may have existed then.

  38. Cozy Cole Says:

    Stop signs mean come to a complete stop, yes in 1962 you failed your drivers test for rolling through any stop sign. And our local police in Center Vally loved to give us kids rolling through a stop sign tickets. They had 413 Dodges and you could not out run them!!! Just check I owned 18 autos and never name any of them, but in Allentown, Pa. we had many people that cruised up and down the streets and some had names on their front car fenders, like Topsy part I or Topsy part II etc, the band was Cozy Cole, yea I know. they were a pair of identical cherry 57 Chevys. sweet

  39. Warwick Dundas Says:

    3 of my cars have had nick names. I am 68 years old. 1981 Alfa Romeo Giulietta was called Alf. 1990 Nissan Maxima was called Max. 1998 Lexus GS300 was and still is called Lex. None of my pre-owned cars have had nick names. Lex shares a garage with a 2003 Toyota Camry V6, which doesn’t have a nickname. The Camry was purchased from my sister when she had to stop driving due to ill health.

  40. Cozy Cole Says:

    Self Driving cars, when I see the photos in AD of someone sitting in the drivers seat with their hands on their laps, I think DUH, On I-95 at 75 mph, I would much rather be driving with my hands on the wheel and thinking about whats going on in front of me. Its called driving. Now when they take away my driver licence because I am really old, It will be great to walk out to my POD in the driveway , sit in and tell SIRI “drive me to Wegmans” or where ever

  41. Chip C Says:

    Boy did you get the rolling stop wrong. It’s against the law. Period. Just because so many roll thru stops does not make it right. And yes, I make complete stops and it’s fun to see the reaction of the idiots behind me.

  42. Sean Wagner Says:

    37 Kit – It used lead-acid batteries. Going a tad over 100 kph must have been challenging for the driver!

    Incidentally, the sum total of 12V batteries going into cars was about equal in capacity to the amount going into EVs either in ’20 or ’21 (from memory and my own estimates).

    I find it funny when some people propose that industrial economies don’t know how to process organic solvents correctly.

    40 Cole – I prefer to always do my own driving, but I think safety in general may actually improve with more autonomous vehicles on the roads. And many people will benefit significantly from cheaper, ubiquitous mobility.

  43. Bill Nelson Says:

    My brother names all his vehicles, but I’ve only done that for a couple. When I got out of the Army and decided to go back to college, my dad sold his yellow ’62 Plymouth station wagon to me for whatever I could get for my ’60 Valiant wagon. The Plymouth had the “Euro Look”, i.e., ugly. I worked part time at my buddy’s Texaco station and it became a parts truck and car starter, because it was reliable. A couple of the other guys he employed called it the “Yellow Banana” and the name stuck. Once out of college, I had a series of company cars. First was a clumsy ’70 Ford 500 I called “The Boat” or, sometimes, “The Barge.” Later, I had a ’85 Lumina that often refused to start, particularly after the tank was filled, especially after 5 PM. It was so unreliable, I called it “The Lemona”. My boss told me to carry a gallon of gas. I told him the tank was nearly full every time. He said, “No, don’t put it in the tank. Pour it over the car and light it!” It was replaced by an ’86 Lumina that was very reliable. Only vehicle we’ve named since is my sub-compact John Deere 1025-R tractor. We’re original thinkers, so we call it “Johnny R” or, simply, “JR.”

  44. ChuckGrenci Says:

    42, probably could have fixed your “Lemona” with a purge valve (EVAP system).

  45. Kit Gerhart Says:

    42 Plymouth and Dodge had some, uh, interesting styling in 1962, and even more so in ’61. I remember the ’61 Plymouth using what looked magnetic flashlights stuck on the side for tail lights.

  46. Kit Gerhart Says:

    41 I can imagine that the steering of Never Content might not have been too precise.

  47. Lambo2015 Says:

    15 Kit BTW I didn’t feel I took you to task Monday and also prefer to leave out the politics. I know some articles here blur the lines as government incentives and regulations that administrations put forth do affect the auto industry. I was perfectly content with your response. I have no issue with hearing difference of opinions and even friendly debate, but I also prefer opinions presented as facts to be supported by facts. But I think you and many other here get that. Have a great day!

  48. Kit Gerhart Says:

    47 Tnx

  49. Ukendoit Says:

    32, Re: stop line, when I took my driving test, I was deducted some points for not being able to SEE the line after my complete stop. I had studied the driving manual and knew that was the correct way to stop (seeing the line), but being 6’2”, I COULD see it, but the cop riding along was about 5’2” and couldn’t see it! He didn’t like the young kid telling him he was just too short.

  50. Max Says:

    STOP means STOP – PERIOD!! I’m not going to argue the “stop sign” vs “yield sign” because there are a lot of good talking points for each. But IF a stop sign is present, you stop! When I was learning to drive back in the early 70′s with my dad sitting beside me, you only ran or rolled through one stop sign. When that happened you got slapped up along side the head and told “STOP MEANS STOP!” Still holds true – and Sean, I can’t believe you think rolling stops under any condition are okay – I didn’t think anything could ever overshadow your arrogance, but your ignorance of traffic laws seemed to do the trick!

  51. Ukendoit Says:

    Stop only means STOP if she doesn’t like where you’re touching her. In vehicles, its only a suggestion unless law enforcement is nearby. In fact, any stop sign that has a white outline, that is there to indicate that the stop is OPTIONAL.
    Looks like we hit a nerve here. Keep up the good work, Sean.

  52. Max Says:

    #51 – you are just as ignorant of traffic laws as Sean. Turn in your keys!

  53. Ukendoit Says:

    Keys? You still use keys?!? I just have a transmitter and a phone app.
    I am glad to see the debate is still going as to the effectiveness of the optional white striped stop signs. That website was well written though. I appreciated the author’s tongue-in-cheek writing style.