Sam Abuelsamid: Serviced

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1771

Sam joins Leo to talk about updates to Android Auto, which are coming to fix a bug that would put Android phones into a "boot loop." The problem stems from the Sync 4 standard that Ford uses for over the air updates. The fix is coming in the next few weeks. Leo says that Tesla was the first to do over the air updates since they treat their cars more as a computer than an automobile. But OTA updates have been happening with telematics in cars for years. Tesla was the first to actually update a car's firmware.

Sam Abuelsamid and Flatless Tire

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1678

Goodyear has invented an airless tire that promises not to get ever get flat. There are spokes going out of the hub of the wheel, and it extrudes material that acts as your tire. It's based on how spiders weave their webs with silk. When your wheels run out of material, you simply reload the capsule. You can also pop in a different blend for cold weather or warm weather. It probably won't see the road until the late 2020s, but it's still pretty cool. 

Sam Abuelsamid... when the rubber hits the road

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1633

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 Abuelsamid .... Tired

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1601

Sam says that tires are really the key component of any car, much less an electric car. Toyota had a prototype car in the 24 hours of LaMan's and there was a flat tire that caused a car to lose, because the pit crew changed the wrong tire due to a sensor reading attributed to the wrong wheel. Sam says that keeping our tires healthy and properly inflated is the best thing to do for your car after changing the oil. Michelin is also working on an airless tire, that won't need to be inflated from time to time and will eliminate the worry of a blow out.