Sam Abuelsamid: On and Off

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1787

Sam joins Leo to talk about Ford's on and off manufacturing of the Ford F150, which is caused by a chip shortage. During the pandemic, Ford closed manufacturing for several months and canceled chip orders. This caused factories to shift to other chip designs that were in demand. Now that things are opening up, Ford is stuck without parts, and they have to wait for manufactures to get back to it.

Sam Abuelsamid: Escaladed

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1777

Sam joins Leo to talk about the new Cadillac Escalade and its Augmented Reality instrument cluster display. It's 37" wide and has an OLED screen. It's great for navigation since it projects directions floating above the image coming from the front-facing camera. The next generation will have a multi-plane heads-up display that can be projected on the windshield. That's going to be really cool, as well as safe. 

Sam Abuelsamid and Slipping Into All-Wheel Drive

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1775

Sam joins Leo to talk about the All Wheel Drive option people can choose when buying a car. It manages to provide extra torque to the rear wheel when the car starts to slip. It's a part-time system that engages automatically. This is different than 4 wheel drive that evenly distributes the torque to all four wheels all the time. It's ideal in extreme conditions. It also requires locking your differential, and the four-wheel drive can be turned on and off manually by engaging/disengaging the differential lock.

Are Over-the-Air Updates for Cars Safe?

Episode 1768

Adam from California

Adam is considering buying a Ford Mustang Mach E. He's come to the realization that they are just computers on wheels. He's leery of promised future OTA updates that companies are promising as a sales benefit. Leo says that the development time of cars has dropped from five years to three years on the Mach E, which Ford rushed to get to market. Leo says that the problem with software development in a car is that bugs can crop up and updates can happen on almost a weekly basis.

Sam Abuelsamid ... ARM'd

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1714

Sam joins Leo to talk about an advanced driver-assist system from Ford called Mobile Eye. The system has advanced collision alert, driver monitoring, driver-assist, autopilot, and more. The system uses powerful Mobile Eye ARM chips. Leo says that will make cars smarter and as such, safer.

Sam also says that Nvidia is poised to buy ARM.

Sam Abuelsamid ... the downside

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1710

Sam joins Leo to talk about how regular auto companies cannot sell direct to customers without independent dealers. Tesla has no dealerships, so they can sell direct. Sam says it was a good deal in the early days because auto companies didn't have to sit on inventory and dealerships were local businesses offering services. But now, it's more of a challenge because the market has changed, leaving the traditional business model is in flux. 

Sam Abuelsamid .. Subscribed Automation

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1698

Sam says upcoming cars will require subscriptions for premium services like Autopilot. This is mainly due to having to maintain and support those premium services beyond the warranty period. Still, Sam says that car companies are becoming more interested in ongoing revenue streams, and it could be that in the future, you won't buy your car so much as pay to use one every time you drive. 

Sam Abuelsamid and the Lemons Race

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1694

Sam joins Leo to talk about an interesting car race called the Lemons Race. It's a take on the 24 hours of Lemans, but instead, users buy lemons and race them. You buy a car for $500 (not including safety equipment), and then race it in an endurance race. And if racers are proven to have spent too much, the race organizers can buy the car for $500. That prevents cheating. It's one of the craziest races out there.