Sam joins Leo to talk about tires. Having tires in good condition is crucially vital to traction and braking. Regularly check your tire pressure and tread depth. As we move into the fall, the weather starts to become colder, and before you know it, you're in Winter weather. So having good tread on your tires is vital for traction. It's also important to consider putting on winter tires or investing in tire chains if you're going to stick with summer or all-season tires.
Sam says there's a new electric vehicle coming called the Canoo. It's a passenger or cargo van that looks like a "lozenge" on wheels and is one of the first to use steer by wire steering. You will also bring your own device to have an instrument panel through the Canoo app. The idea is that you won't own the car, but you'll have a monthly subscription fee to drive it. And if you want to trade it for another color or style, you can. It also includes service and insurance. Future plans include having trucks and sedans. Monthly fees will vary by location. Available in 2021.
Sam joins Leo to talk about Ultra Wide Band (UWB) which is coming to mobile phones and cars. The iPhone 11 has UWB, but it's not turned on yet. It's wireless band technology that operates within 6-8 GHz. Google's Pixel 4 will probably have a UWB chip as well. The benefit is going to be that you can directionally connect with devices. It can work with IoT devices, and carmakers will shift to it for keyless entry. It's not uncommon for manufacturers to put hardware into a device even when the software isn't ready, and then turn it on with a firmware update.
Yesterday, Sam was a judge at an "orphan car show." It's a show filled with cars that are no longer made. He was able to judge the Packard group, picking their favorite car. Another item for today is a visit to NVidia's Drive Labs, which has been using deep neural networks to develop autonomously driven vehicles. And they've created a playlist of how Nvidia is advancing the art and making autonomous vehicles safe. Check it out here - Nvidia's Drive Labs - https://youtu.be/iTZ9GoN2Q0k
Sam joins Leo to talk about the new Porche Taycon, which is going to be very expensive at around $150,000. But it also goes 0-60 in 3 seconds, so it's extremely fast. Its range is only about 200 miles on a single charge in ideal conditions. Most likely, it's more like 130-140 mile range. The eTron is going to be a lot more affordable from Audi. But Sam says that some of the technologies in cars like this will eventually trickle down to lower-priced cars as time goes on. And look for a Mustang-inspired EV at next year's LA Auto Show. Ford is also going to put out an F150 EV next year.
Sam Abuelsamid joins Leo to talk about digital voice assistants in our cars. Systems get smarter by listening to samples of recordings and learning the context. So putting a DVA into your car would mean that it would be listening to you as you drive. That's how the AI gets trained.
Sam wanted to address a question from last weekend, about an early model Honda Hybrid. Sam says that most hybrids can go the entire lifespan of the vehicle without having to replace the battery. As for safety, Sam says that the battery is really small in a hybrid and as such, not only catch fire less often but aren't really that dangerous. The gas tank is more dangerous. But if the battery gets punctured, it could catch fire.
Sam joins Leo today to talk about the current trend of "RestoMods," which is taking an older car, restoring it, and then adding more advanced mechanics to it. Modern brake systems, suspensions, and engines to name a few. That way you get a car that looks like a classic but drives like a modern car. The latest iteration is to create a classic car with an electric drive train. And there's a company that's doing Jaguar Type E retrofits. How much? Sam's guess is that conversions will start at $50K.
Sam joins Leo in studio to talk about eBikes and roundabouts. Sam says that traffic fatalities have increased in Motorcycles, and rescinding helmet laws is a dumb idea that has direct consequences. Wear a helmet and proper protective gear to protect yourself, even on an eBike. Onto roundabouts: Sam says that roundabouts can really aid in traffic flow. But many don't know how to handle them. So when you hit a roundabout, treat it as an all-way yield, and enter as is safe. Porche is coming out with an electric vehicle, and it's 0-60 in under 2 seconds.
Sam joins us to talk about Harley Davidson's new LiveWire eBike. It has a range of 140 miles and is rated at 88mph top speed. In reality, though, it's more like 80-90 miles of range. But 0-60 in 3 seconds! Leo says it accelerates like a rocket! And Harley has deals with Electrify America and other charging outlets to offer 500 hours free charging when you buy one. But Sam doesn't think Harley will sell as many as their classic hogs, still, he also says that there's a new market emerging.