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Ford Working to Build a Mobility Ecosystem – CES 2018

January 10th, 2018 at 3:21pm

Smart Cities” is one of the key topics at CES this year and Ford sees how it can play a role in making cities less congested. Erica Klampfl, the director of Ford’s Greenfield Labs in Silicon Valley, says the key to improving mobility is make it people-centric, not tech-centric. For example, she says that commercial drivers may not be eliminated by autonomous vehicles. Instead their jobs will change from drivers to other kinds of on-board workers, such as school bus drivers becoming student monitors. When you make people the focus, she says it will become easier to integrate mobility services into cities.

Magna Develops the Building Blocks for EVs & Autonomy – CES 2018

January 10th, 2018 at 2:51pm

Automotive suppliers can play a significant role in developing and selling autonomous technology to automakers. But different automakers will follow different strategies. Some OEMs will develop most of the technology in-house while others will buy it, and others will fall somewhere in between. That’s why Magna is developing different “building blocks” that will allow automakers to choose what they want to buy. But as Swamy Kotagiri points out, OEMs will only want to buy from suppliers who demonstrate a capability for full-system capability and who know how to harden it to automotive standards.

Nissan IMx Can See Through Snow – CES 2018

January 9th, 2018 at 6:07pm

Nissan just unveiled its next generation electric car architecture and the IMx concept car demonstrates the bandwidth it offers. The IMx is actually a crossover with Level 4 autonomous capability. Alfonso Albaisa, the head of design at Nissan, takes us on a tour of the car, showing how they’ve taken advantage of technology to open up the interior, and make the occupants more aware of their surroundings without smothering them with information.

Toyota Improves AV Design – CES 2018

January 9th, 2018 at 5:57pm

The race to an autonomous world is wide open and the field is getting really crowded. At Toyota, the focus is on three easy steps. 1. Make it work. 2. Make it work really well. 3. Take out the cost. James Kuffner takes us on a walk-around of their latest AV effort. He points out how they’re integrating AV sensors into their car, working hand in hand with Toyota’s CALTY design staff to clean up the look and get this technology on the road in just a few years.

VW AG Races Into Mobility Services – CES 2018

January 9th, 2018 at 4:45pm

You could call it a catch-up play. Volkswagen just signed up with Silicon Valley start-up Aurora to quickly develop Autonomous Vehicles. But don’t look for AVs to be in Volkswagen’s showrooms anytime soon. That’s not what this deal is about. Aurora’s founders bring a backdrop of experience from Google and Tesla. Their task is to help shrink the time frame for VW to get AVs into production. And that will launch the giant German automaker into the business of mobility services.

Aurora Comes in View – CES 2018

January 9th, 2018 at 3:43pm

Aurora is a Silicon Valley start-up with a wealth of experience in Autonomous Vehicles thanks to the time its founders spent at Google and Tesla. Now Volkswagen AG has tapped Aurora to get it up to speed in autonomy ASAP. There are still a lot of details to be worked out, and others that have not yet been publicly revealed. But here’s a quick overview of where the deal stands at this moment.

AAH #405 – How To Engineer A CUV

January 5th, 2018 at 9:46am

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TOPIC:
2018 Buick Enclave

SPECIAL GUEST:
Rick Spina, Executive Chief Engineer, Crossovers, General Motors

NEWS:
01:25 – 2018 Buick Enclave
32:25 – Call from The #DriveHome with Diane Fils-Schneider
38:31 – Softbank: Japanese telco to dominate autonomy?
46:08 – Dr. Data
49:36 – 2017 Sales: End of the party?

PANEL:
- John McElroy
, Autoline.tv
- Gary Vasilash, Automotive Design & Production
- James Amend, WardsAuto.com

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AAH #404 – Tidings Of Discomfort & Joy

December 22nd, 2017 at 10:17am

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It’s a Very Merry After Hours!


 

A PEEK AT THE PRESENTS:
09:50 – Subaru
14:36 – Mary Barra
31:06 – Lyft
42:19 – Simon Sproule
43:20 – Kia Stinger
50:53 – Mark Allen, Jeep
1:02:15 – Autoline
1:02:53 – Kevin Hunter, Toyota

AND UNCOVERING THE COAL:

06:26 – Dodge Demon
21:55 – Elon Musk
28:21 – Uber
33:27 – Ford Chicago Plant
38:17 – UAW
52:50 – Mark Fields
58:32 – Takata

Watch Doctor Data’s holiday number at 39:50!
Bonus Panel Discussion starts at 01:07:30!

PANEL:
– John McElroy
, Autoline.tv
– Gary Vasilash, Automotive Design & Production
– Mike Wayland, Automotive News
– Mike Martinez, Automotive News

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AAH #403 – What Did James Bond Drive? We Ask Mr. Aston Martin

December 15th, 2017 at 10:00am

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TOPIC: Aston Martin DB11
SPECIAL GUEST: Simon Sproule, VP & Chief Marketing Officer, Aston Martin

NEWS:
04:05 – Aston Martin Deep Dive

29:40 – Doctor Data
31:12 – Thor Semi: Just Another Pipe Dream?
46:26 – DP-100 Vision Gran Turismo & Valkyrie

PANEL:
– John McElroy
, Autoline.tv
– Gary Vasilash, Automotive Design & Production
– Dave Sullivan, AutoPacific

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AAH #402 – Engineering Insights & Stories On The 2018 Mustang

December 7th, 2017 at 2:30pm

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TOPIC: 2018 Ford Mustang
01:07 – Carl Widdman, Mustang Chief Engineer; Tom Barnes, Mustang Engineer
25:36 – Mark Schaller, Mustang Marketing Manager
36:46 – Panel Discussion

PANEL:
– John McElroy
, Autoline.tv
– Gary Vasilash, Automotive Design & Production
– Roman Mica, TFLCar.com
– Nik Miles, OurAutoExpert.com

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