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 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.
Leo just got a Chevy Volt and it takes forever to charge on the 110 volt connector. Sam says you can use the 220 volt NIMA 1450 dryer recepticle and it'll charge a lot faster. Sam also says Leo needs to get a 240 volt wall charger and they cost about $450. You'll also need a level 2 adapter. Seimens makes one, but there are several brands available.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has asked states to hold off on allowing regular use of self driving cars on local highways and roads, except for research purposes.
Feds Ask States To Sideline Self-Driving Cars…