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Sam Abuelsamid and the Giant Screen

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1761

Sam joins Leo to talk about the Mercedes EQS Electric Vehicle that has a 56" screen for a dashboard. But Sam says it's actually three screens under a single sheet of Gorilla Glass. The dimensions are actually around 18-20" apiece. Interestingly, they are designed so that the driver can't see the passenger screen. So passengers can enjoy a movie or other pastimes during a long drive. 

The center display also has a zero layer design, which has everything you really need to the top layer of the display, so a driver isn't distracted by drilling down on menus. 

Sam Abuelsamid and the Electric "Mustang."

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1756

The embargo is over and Sam can finally give us a review of the new Mustang Mach E. This new electric "Mustang" is very impressive, according to Sam. Many people haven't considered the Mach E a legitimate Mustang, but Sam says that it's sporty and fits the Mustang DNA, even though you're sitting a bit higher. It's not as quick as a Tesla, though it can do 0-60 in about five seconds. And much of the features seem like a Tesla, including a 15" touch screen in the center of the dashboard. Sam says it's one of the best UI's on a car touch screen he's seen to date. 

Sam Abuelsamid and the Hybrid Drive Train

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1754

Sam Abuelsamid joins Leo to talk about hybrid technology. Electric motors in a hybrid are run mostly on gas, but the electricity coming from the electric motors can be stored and used for things like regenerative braking. The energy can also be harvested from the energy generated from the wheels. And if necessary, you can drive the car solely on the electric motor, if that motor puts out enough power. 

Sam Abuelsamid ... Charged up

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1752

Sam joins Leo to talk about charging an electric vehicle at home. Leo says that what stops people from buying an EV is the concern at charging at home. Sam says that the Mustang Mach E will charge at 150kw, the Tesla 250kw, Porche Ticon 300 kw. Leo says the length of time it takes is also an issue. You can fill up your tank in less than 5 minutes. But at 150kw charger takes 40 minutes. Sam says that Hyundai's Ionic5 line will support 350kw charging, which will add 60 miles of charge in 5 minutes.

Sam Abuelsamid ... biometrically speaking

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1750

Sam joins Leo to talk about the latest car news. Lately, Sam drove Hyundai's Premium e-Vehicle, the Genesis GV70. It uses biometrics to authenticate payments for gas, keyless entry, and even the expansion of ultra-wideband wifi. Biometrics can also be used to watch the driver in order to make sure they are paying attention to the road. Sensors will monitor driver behavior with infrared cameras and alert the driver to keep watch of the road. It's possible that in the future, drivers will need face ID to start the car, an ideal security measure.

Sam Abuelsamid and the Electric Path

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1748

Sam joins Leo to talk about new processors for Hyundai electric vehicles. Using Nvidia Parker SOC chips, Hyundai will put them in all their future cars with 14" displays for powering their infotainment systems. Sam says that Nvidia has some amazing SOCs available with 30 trillion operations per second: 8 core ARM chips drive the whole thing with machine learning: 10GBit per second ethernet bus. It's a practical supercomputer for the road.

Sam Abuelsamid and the electric sled

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1742

Sam joins Leo to talk about "restomods." This is where you take a vintage vehicle and bring it up to date with modern technology. The current trend is an electric conversion of classic and vintage cars. GM showed off a 1950s era Chevy Truck, powered by a Chevy Volt powertrain. Also, a 1977 Chevy Blazer that has been EV converted. Chevy is developing an "electric connected cruise" kit that you can buy, which would enable you to install it and convert your classic car into an electric vehicle.