Sam joins Leo to talk about the extreme shortage of rental cars right now, as rental agencies sold over half their fleets during the pandemic, and now they can get new cars to replace them.
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 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.
Sam joins Leo from home to talk about the toughest part of the driving test. Leo says that the written test was pretty easy, but when during the driving test, parallel parking was the toughest. Sam agrees because it's tough to learn to maneuver slowly around tight spaces. That's why manufacturers have been working on self-parking sensors on cars so that the car can park itself, even in parallel parking. But the sensors also help drivers by telling you how close you are. Ford was one of the first to launch it in 2009, and since have added automatic perpendicular parking to the function.
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.
Matt has a brand new Ford Pickup and it's causing his air conditioner to stop working when he uses Ford Sync. Leo says that sounds like a bug or a wiring issue. Matt needs to go back to the dealer and have that fixed. One thing to try is to update the system - https://owner.ford.com/support/how-tos/sync/sync/downloads-and-updates/how-to-use-usb-to-update-sync.html
CJ wants to know if she can download Apple Car play and install it into 2014 Lincoln. Leo says that the only way CJ could do it is to "put a new head into it." I.E., you could install a new car stereo that has Apple Play. Sam Abuelsamid says that infotainment systems are so integrated now, that you can't really replace the head at all. You can put it into an older car that can take an aftermarket stereo, but cars within the last few years are tough. Sam says that there are apps that work with her car over Bluetooth using Applink. But CJ says that Lincoln no longer supports it.
Sam is back to talk about whether car screens would start pushing ads to your car's infotainment computer screen. Soon, you'll be able to add apps to your car's computer interface, and that could lead to ads. Already, Starbucks and Dominos have deals with Ford and other manufacturers to include their apps on their infotainment systems. But car companies say they have no plans to do it, even though it's can be done. Leo says what's cool is two-way communication between, say parking lots and the car, enabling the driver to know if there are parking spots available.
Rich wants to know if connected cars that have internet can be hacked. Leo says they can indeed, but the hacker needs to be pretty close to the car to make that happen. Car companies also need to put forth more effort to make the car's computer more secure.
Sam is back from CES and he says that while more companies are featuring technology for cars, it is by no means a huge car show. That's the domain of the Detroit Auto Show. But Sam says that doesn't mean that there wasn't some cool car tech there. Alexa for Auto is becominng a thing. Sam says that cars are becoming far more computerized. Chips have been in cars since the 70s, but most cars now have about 75-100 separate computers built into them. We're starting to see a trend towards fewer, more powerful computers that will run your car for you.