autonomous vehicles

Sam Abuelsamid and the Road to the Future

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1722

Sam joins Leo to talk about the Michigan Connected Corridor. An initiative designed to create transportation infrastructure driven by data from drivers as they travel. The initiative will create a 40-mile corridor between Detroit and Anarbor, which will offer an affordable roadway for autonomous connected vehicles. The infrastructure will also have sensors and internet connectivity, assigning lanes to autonomous vehicles based on capacity. Other vehicles will have access who pay a toll. 

Sam Abuelsamid and the AutoWasher

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1718

Sam joins Leo to talk about over-relying on autonomous features that aren't really autonomous but are hyped that way. Called "Autowashing," it's a concept where a company hypes the autonomous nature of a feature that isn't' really autonomous. Self-driving features are hyped this way. In reality, it's more like "driver assist," and over-marketing it as anything more than that can be inherently dangerous as people think they don't have to pay attention to the road.

Sam Abuelsamid ... an unsure autonomous future

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1690

Sam says that in light of the pandemic, ride-sharing has dropped to nothing, and the feeling is that a lot of people aren't likely to return to it, or public transit. We may see a shift back to personal use vehicles. This is a serious challenge for not only ride-sharing companies that would require sanitizing after every ride, to autonomous cabs. It's also moving autonomous vehicle developers to move towards goods delivery, not ride-sharing. So the future of driverless vehicles may be the transport of goods, not people. 

Sam Abuelsamid ... In a bubble

Episode 1670

Sam is back with Leo to talk about a new car cockpit design which has a steering wheel that receeds into the dashboard when the car drives autonomously. The new design also uses the actual surfaces of the car to act as car stereo speakers. Any surface you can get to vibrate can transmit sound thanks to actuators. You can even embed them in the seats. The potential also exists to create "sound bubbles," which would let you listen to something, while other passengers are listening to something else.

Sam Abuelsamid ... In a Jam

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1599

Sam was in Manhattan NY this week and he didn't do any driving while there because of all the traffic. So he took the subway. Sam says that in Manhattan, Autonomous Vehicles are a prime application to better the flow of traffic. But he also says it would be a terrible thing in a lot of ways. One company could dominate, but that would be a monopoly and a bad thing. Imagine bad actors infiltrating a single company's AV fleet. That would be disastrous. Several different car companies with diverse technologies would be safer, cheaper, and likely more efficient.