Sam joins Leo to talk about something a bit different, but still an electric "vehicle." It's an electric skateboard. It was a GM concept from 2001, and it used hydrogen fuelcells. The concept has been adapted over the last 20 years to just about all dedicated electric vehicles. Leo wonders if Detroit is working to make car manufacturing more modular, so you can mix and match components for different electric models. Sam agrees.
Sam joins Leo to talk about electric vehicle news. The news from the Ford Mustang E is that Ford has sold out of their preorders.
Sam joins Leo to talk about the new Ford Mustang Mach E, Ford's first dedicated electric vehicle. Leo says he's pretty excited about this one. Sam said Ford didn't want to create a "compliance car" to meet regulatory requirements. They wanted to create a car people would talk about. So they called it a Mustang and got designers to create something in the Spirit of Tesla, that's fast, has the Mustang DNA, and gets people excited. Sam says he thinks the Mach E is going to be a winner. It may not look like a Mustang, but Sam says that the performance will rival a gas-powered Mustang.
Sam joins Leo to talk about tire pressure. When the weather turns colder, tire pressure will drop. Warm air expands, while cold air contracts. So you may find in the wintertime that your tires are under-inflated. If your tires are too low or too high, it can affect the wear of your tire, as well as the handling. It can also cause tire failure as well. So it pays to make sure your tires are properly inflated, be it in hot or cold weather.
There has been a question lately if Google and Apple collected data from a smart connected car. Sam says that to date, they don't, other than the location history from your phone unless you turn it off. Also, if you connect your phone to the car, your car GPS is more accurate than your phone, and depending on the manufacturer, that car may provide location data to your maps app.
Sam joins Rich to talk about how modern cars are connected, and as such, users can get over the air updates, much like their cell phones. Ford's next-gen infotainment system, called Ford Sync 4, will have some interesting new features including over the air software updates. Tesla was the first to do it in the Model S in 2012, and Tesla owners love it. Sam says that manufacturers are also going to ethernet connected systems since today's cars have multiple computers in them. But Rich worries that updates could break your car, or you may have to pay for updates if you want new features.
Sam joins Leo from the back seat of a new electric vehicle called the Byton, founded by former executives from BMW and Nissan. Sam says it's a decent design with a nice interior. But the key design is a massive 48" display that spans the entire dashboard. The screen, which isn't a touchscreen, is too far away to touch it, so you use a touch interface to manipulate it. Because it's so far away, it's closer to your line of sight, making it easier to keep it in focus and prevents you from looking away from the road. Leo says it's pretty weird.
Sam says that within the next few years, up to 100% of all new cars will have a data connection to the internet. But that poses privacy problems, as that data connection will share your position on the road anywhere you go. Sure, that helps with traffic patterns, and mapping apps already do that, but will you be able to opt-out of that particular provision?
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.