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Autonomous Cars with Marc Hoag

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Autonomous Cars with Marc Hoag is the world's only weekly podcast dedicated entirely to driverless cars, and the #1 result on Google! We discuss the products, tech, law, policy, and societal impacts of self driving cars, what I call the greatest step change in humanity since the Industrial Revolutio… read more

157 Episodes | 2018 - 2020

#153-GM Ultra Cruise; Self-Driving Scooters; Improved Regulation for Delivery Bots

May 22nd, 2020


1. GM Ultra Cruise: GM's current semi-autonomous driving tech, Super Cruise, uses onboard HD maps for certain freeways to enable hands-free driving on those freeways that are mapped. Now, GM is planning to expand this …

#152-Andy Schaudt, Program Director, Automated Vehicle Systems, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

May 15th, 2020


Today we speak with Andy Schaudt, Program Director at the Automated Vehicle Systems group at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.5

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#151-Zoox for sale; Voyage + FCA; Intel + Moovit

May 12th, 2020


Today we discuss Zoox up for sale (and I predict VW grabs them up); Voyage and FCA partner up; Intel brings in Moovit to join Mobileye. 

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#150-Ford delays AV launch to 2022; GM's Maven shuts down; Audi releases A2D2

April 29th, 2020


Today, Ford delays their autonomous vehicle launch to 2022 due to COVID-19; GM’s Maven shuts down; and Audi releases A2D2, their autonomous vehicle training data set.

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#149-Leanid Tsurankou, Qibus

April 24th, 2020


A fantastic, nearly 1-hour long conversation with Leanid Tsurankou, founder & CEO of Qibus (website), a teleoperation startup.

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#148-Martin Adler, PhD & Nick Reed, PhD on COVID's impact on the autonomous vehicle industry

April 17th, 2020


Today's #podcast episode, Ep148, is live! A fantastic episode with Hoag+Co. partner Martin Adler, PhD and associate Nick Reed, PhD (btw, search YouTube for his TEDx talk on autonomous cars!) coming at us from Amsterdam …

#147-AV design woes; BMW and AV design; COVID's impact on Voyage

April 15th, 2020


We address the question why AVs all look like bread loaves; BMW's approach to AV design; and further discussion on COVID's impact on AV, in this case, looking at Voyage.

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#146-Covid's impact on delivery and ride sharing; testing; and regulation

April 10th, 2020


#146-Covid's impact on delivery, testing, and regulation



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#145-Special: COVID-19

March 27th, 2020


A few thoughts that came to my mind a few days ago. I put them to paper, and now I'm putting them to video, too. In light of the unthinkable global threat of #COVID19 (#coronavirus), and the recent turn for the worse in …

#144-Tal Cohen, Drive TLV

March 24th, 2020


A fascinating conversation with Tal Cohen of Drive TLV, a Tel Aviv-based tech accelerator focusing on all things automotive, autonomous vehicles, and mobility. 

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#143-Allison Kender, Transportation Research Center, Inc.

March 21st, 2020


A really great conversation with Allison Kender on all things passive safety -- crash structure, crash testing, etc -- and how it relates to, and needs to change, in anticipation of future autonomous vehicle  designs.

#142-Oscar Slotosch, Validas

March 14th, 2020


A fantastic conversation with the co-founder & co-CEO of Munich-based tool qualification company Validas AG ( Oscar Slotosch.

#141-Paul Newman, Oxbotica

March 10th, 2020


A fantastic conversation with the founder of UK-based Oxbotica ( and their hardware/software AV platform.



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#140-SPECIAL: Jason Levine, Executive Director, Center for Auto Safety, Washington DC

March 6th, 2020


Today, a very special episode, as I'm joined by Washington DC-based Center for Auto Safety ( and @Ctr4AutoSafety) Executive Director Jason Levine (@jasonklevine)!

Take the world's largest …

#139-Zoox; DUI for phone use; Lyft Level 5

March 3rd, 2020


Today, we discuss what Zoox has been up to (and their recent fundraising); I wonder whether you should get a DUI for using your phone in your car …

#138-Toyota's $400M into; Tesla's Autopilot; Cruise gets permission to shuttle around passengers

February 26th, 2020


Today, we discuss Toyota's investment into Pony. ai; Tesla's Autopilot issues -- or lack thereof? -- and Cruise's permission to test on California's roads with passengers.

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#137-The five questions of AVs;'s skin-detecting sensor; Aurora gets CPUC permit in CA

February 22nd, 2020


Today: The how-what-where-when-and-why question about AVs; and its impressive spectrometer-like skin-detecting sensor; and Aurora gets a permit to test AVs with actual human passengers in CA.

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#136-Ground penetrating radar; Tesla's 6 year head-start; Tesla's car sharing model

February 18th, 2020


Today, I talk about WaveSense's impressive ground penetrating radar, along with two back-to-back segments on Tesla's astonishing lead in the consumer (semi-)autonomous-and-electric vehicle space.

Take our AV consumer …

#135-Valentines Special: 3 years with our GLC300; insurance in an AV world; Uber resumes AV testing

February 14th, 2020


Today marks the final day of our 3 year lease of a euro-delivery GLC300, our first foray into a semi-AV future; I discuss a surprising potential twist in the future of the insurance industry in an AV world; and uber …

#134-House AV hearing; GM's $2.2B AEV plant; Nuro's AV delivery bot

February 11th, 2020


Episode 134: There's another hearing about federal AV regulation going on today in DC; GM's just launched a new $2.2B AV / EV -- that's AEV -- …

#133-Cruise Origin [VIDEO EPISODE]

February 7th, 2020


My first ever video podcast, today's episode is all about my thoughts on the Cruise Origin reveal party a few weeks ago in San Francisco. Watch it here ( and please be sure to subscribe to …

#132-SEASON 5 PREMIERE: CES 2020 with Hoag+Co. partners Felix Dohmeier & Martin Adler

February 4th, 2020


Kicking off the 2020s is today's special episode, the Season 5 Premiere, in which I'm joined by my founding partners at Hoag+Co. Felix Dohmeier and Martin Adler to discuss this year's CES 2020. 

#131-SEASON 4 FINALE: The 2020s

December 20th, 2019


Today I wrap up not just Season 4, but also the year, and indeed, the decade. And to do so, here's a sort of stream of consciousness monologue on …

#130-Bob Leigh, RTI

December 13th, 2019


Today I'm joined by Bob Leigh of RTI, to learn all about their work developing uniquely versatile framework that enables others to build connectivity …

#129-SPECIAL: My thoughts on the Tesla Cybertruck

November 26th, 2019


A special episode on the Tesla Cybertruck.

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#128-Stuart Norris, GM Director of Design, Advanced Mobility and Experience Studio

November 23rd, 2019


A fascinating conversation with Stuart Norris, the Director of Design, Advanced Mobility and Experience Studio for GM. 

Also today we're officially announcing the launch of our new global autonomous vehicle and urban …

#127: Alex Thibault, Vulog: Empowering ride sharing platforms around the world

November 19th, 2019


Episode 127: I'm joined by Alex Thibault from Vulog who shares with me Vulog's big announcement from the LA auto show.

#126-The Safety Episode: New EU regulations; Driving Tests for AVs; The Paradox of Safety

November 13th, 2019


Today has accidentally turned out to be "The Safety Episode" in which I discuss new EU regulations for automobile safety that go into effect in …

#124-Raz Peleg, AdaSky - FLIR for Autonomous Vehicles

October 22nd, 2019


A fascinating conversation with Raz Peleg, Sales Director at AdaSky, on their IR camera for autonomous vehicles.

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#122-Florian Petit, Blickfeld - MEMS lidar

October 15th, 2019


Today I'm thrilled to invite to the show Florian Petit, the Founder & CEO of Blickfeld, makers of MEMS lidar systems. 

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#121-Jordan Beal, founder Beal Real Estate, on AVs' impact on real estate

October 12th, 2019


Jordan Beal joins me for a fantastic discussion on the impact on the real estate market by autonomous vehicles in the coming decades. Be sure to …

#120-Apple AV spotted? Pedestrian detection systems are no good; Oxbotica and Addison Lee; AV Computing Consortium launches

October 8th, 2019


Today: I may have spotted an Apple autonomous test vehicle; pedestrian systems are no good (and why I'm pushing for standards and regulations); …

#119-City parking; Silicon Valley's distaste for AVs; self-flying cars

October 4th, 2019


Today, we discuss an article about AV's impact on urban parking; another article about Silicon Valley's feud with AVs; and the question of whether

#118-I tried Enhanced Summon; AdaSky rolls out FLIR; I complain about a survey

October 1st, 2019


My first test with Tesla Enhanced Summon; AdaSky deploys an infrared sensor; I complain about a survey, and explain why I care.

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#117-Ford moves to Austin; long range lidar; Tesla v.10

September 27th, 2019


Today: Ford's moves to Austin; Blickfeld announces a new long range lidar; Tesla launches Version 10 of its software which (may?) include the …

#116-Aptiv & Hyundai partner up; DOT drops $60M on AV testing; Audi studies emotional response to AVs from around the world

September 24th, 2019


Today: Aptiv and Hyundai partner up for a $4B joint venture; the US Department of Transportation drops several grants of $7.5M across various AV projects around the country; and Audi gauges interest in AVs from around …

#115-Tesla gets smarter; Mercedes quits gasoline engines; somebody writes something stupid

September 20th, 2019


I experienced something pretty remarkable with a Tesla Model 3 on the latest software update; but was I imagining it? Mercedes parent company Daimler …

#114-2020s will mirror the 1920s; AVs destined to fail? Outsight's 3D camera

September 18th, 2019


Episode 114: It looks like the 2020s will mirror the 1920s as people welcome AVs with fear, trepidation, and anger; are AVs destined to fail? And, Outsight's 3D camera can do some pretty magical things, like distinguish …

#113-AVs on real estate; AVs for the hyper-rich? Tesla Hardware v3.0 starts to roll out

September 13th, 2019


Today.... Episode 113 on Friday the 13th... an unusually long episode, this, in which we talk about the impact on real estate by autonomous vehicles; we address an article by Professor Lance Eliot (UCLA; USC) on whether …

#112-Ford deals with bugs; Japan readies AVs for the Olympics; Didi Chuxing deploys AV ridesharing

September 10th, 2019


Today: Ford develops a system to remove splattered bugs from its autonomous vehicle sensors and cameras; Japan set to release 100 AVs shuttling people around the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo; and China's Didi Chuxing …

#111-Apple testing AV without lidar? TomTom doing HD maps; Feds pissed at Tesla again

September 6th, 2019


Today, Episode #111: Is Apple now testing an AV with computer vision? TomTom claims to have an L5 AV and is getting into the HD mapping game; and the …

#110-Training AVs with local customs; Optimus Ride rolls out; AV renaissance in Detroit and Pittsburgh?

September 3rd, 2019


Today: When in Rome... so how do you train AVs to blend in with the driving customs around the world? Optimus Ride rolls out in Boston and seems to …

#109 - AVs in LA; Sidewalk cages; Lidar is a crutch

August 30th, 2019


#109 - Today, I suggest that if cities embrace Uber, then they will embrace AVs; I rip apart the ridiculous article suggesting that sidewalks will …

#108 - Season 4 Premiere: The FAVA

August 27th, 2019


After three months on break, I'm baaaaaaaack! Season 4 is HERE! Today, a bit of a recap on my amazing 1 month stint in DC, followup with a deep dive …

#107 - SEASON 3 FINALE: Interview with 3 PhDs Martin Adler; Justin Schorr; Henning Lategahn

May 17th, 2019


As promised, we're closing out Season 3 in a big way: I'm joined by three PhDs from around the world, Justin Schorr (Philadelphia); Martin Adler (Netherlands); and Henning Lategahn (Germany) as we dive into an …

#106 - Mike Pinelis, PhD - Microtech Ventures' MEMS AV applications

May 14th, 2019


The penultimate episode of Season 3! A fascinating conversation with Mike Pinelis, PhD, of Microtech Ventures, coming at us from Detroit, in which we …

#105 - Michael DeKort, Owner & CTO, Dactyl: The need for simulation testing

May 10th, 2019


Michael brings an entire career of aerospace/DOD research and experience to building an aerospace/DOD-caliber simulation for autonomous vehicles; his …

#104 - Interview with Henning Lategahn, PhD, Atlatec, on 3D mapping without lidar

May 7th, 2019


A fascinating conversation with Henning Lategahn, PhD with distinction from the University of Karlsruhe for Technology, and his startup, Atlatec, …

#103 - More on Tesla Autonomy Day; AVs and congestion pricing; more assertive AVs will be safer

May 3rd, 2019


We dive into some more details surrounding several of Elon Musk's claims during Tesla Autonomy Day; AVs will require increased congestion pricing (or penalties for driving around without passengers); AVs need to get …

#102 - Interview with Henry Bzeih, SVP & CTO, Flex

April 30th, 2019


Henry Bzeih, SVP & CTO of Flex, a large manufacturing firm with roots dating back to 1969, joins us to discuss his bird's eye view of the autonomous vehicle industry; where things are headed; and all the challenges …

#101 - Interview with Adham Ghazali, Founder & CEO, Imagry

April 26th, 2019


Lo and behold, just days after Elon Musk's bombshell that maps aren't necessary for autonomous vehicles, Adham Ghazali, Founder & CEO of …

#100 - Tesla Autonomy Day

April 23rd, 2019


To celebrate my 100th episode, a special 30 minute account of the most crucial takeaways from yesterday's Tesla Autonomy Day, during which Tesla announced to the world their breakthroughs with Autopilot Hardware 3.0 and …

#99 - Apple sourcing AV sensors; EU mandates ADAS by 2021; GM's Cruise Automation hits road bumps

April 19th, 2019


Today, on the eve of our 100th episode(!), we discuss Apple's ongoing work with its autonomous vehicle Project Titan; the EU mandates 11 ADAS systems for all new cars from 2021; and GM's Cruise Automation may miss their …

Ep 98: INTERVIEW: Jeff Everson, Ph.D., one of the earliest pioneers of ADAS

April 16th, 2019


Thrilled to share with you today our special guest Jeff Everson, Ph.D., one of the founders of ADAS, who pioneered research in the field in the 1990s.

Notre Dame: A few words / quelques mots

April 15th, 2019


EN: For the French, losing Notre Dame would be like losing the White House or the US Capitol here: it isn't just a cultural icon admired by humanity …

Ep 97: INTERVIEW: Abdo Mahmoud, Senior Product Manager Affectiva, on Driver Monitoring Systems

April 12th, 2019


I'm pleased to have as our special guest today Abdo Mahmoud, Senior Product Manager at Affectiva, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company developing …

EP 96: Driver monitoring systems need to be mandatory; China builds AV-only freeway; what AVs can learn from elevators

April 9th, 2019


Today, I suggest that semi-autonomous vehicles like Tesla could make people more careless, thereby reinforcing the need for driver monitoring systems …

Ep 95: INTERVIEW: Rudy Burger, Founder & Managing Partner, Woodside Capital Partners

April 5th, 2019


I'm immensely honored to welcome to our show Rudy Burger (Twitter; LinkedIn), the founder and managing partner of Silicon Valley venture firm

Ep 94: INTERVIEW: My interview on German podcast "Autonomes Fahren" with Matthias Jortzik

April 2nd, 2019


I was hugely honored to be invited by Matthias Jortzik to join him as a special guest on his podcast, "Autonomes Fahren," literally, "Autonomous Driving." Based in Germany, Matthias is an electrical engineer who …

Ep 93: INTERVIEW: Dr. Justin P. Schorr, Ph.D., collision reconstruction expert, Part 2/2

March 29th, 2019


So we've got yet another special guest for today's special 1-hour(!) two-part episode -- the first part of which aired on Tuesday -- Dr. Justin P. …

Ep 92: INTERVIEW: Dr. Justin P. Schorr, Ph.D., collision reconstruction expert, Part 1/2

March 26th, 2019


So we've got yet another special guest for today's special 1-hour(!) two-part episode -- the second part of which will air Friday -- Dr. Justin P. …

Ep 91: INTERVIEW: AEye President, Blair LaCorte

March 22nd, 2019


Another day, another interview, this time, with none other than AEye President Blair LaCorte, as we talk all about the "biomimicry"  magic that is AEye. What AEye are doing is a fusion of lidar and camera vision to …

Ep 90: INTERVIEW: Renovo CEO Christopher Heiser

March 19th, 2019


Wow, we're really on a roll with guest interviews! Today, it's Renovo CEO Christopher Heiser as we talk all about the autonomous vehicle OS that is …

Ep 89: Japan to allow cell phone use on L3 cars; proposal for new AV levels; Waymo sells its lidar kit

March 12th, 2019


Today: Japan is laying the foundation to prepare for Level 3+ autonomous vehicles in 2020 by letting drivers-not-driving to use their cell phones. Meanwhile, a new proposal for the various levels of autonomy -- …

EP 88: INTERVIEW: Ro Gupta, CEO/Founder of Carmera on Toyota partnership, HD mapping

March 8th, 2019


Today I'm thrilled to have on the show Ro Gupta, CEO & Founder of Carmera, maker of autonomous vehicle real time HD mapping software. Following …

Ep 87: VW claims AV costs not worth it; Pittsburgh to become AV epicenter; my rant on Tesla's "full self-driving capability" claim

March 5th, 2019


Volkswagen's head of commercial autonomous vehicle strategy says the cost of developing AVs isn't worth it (what?!); Pittsburgh's Mayor Bill Peduto …

Ep 86: INTERVIEW: Matthew Gibb, Chairman, The NEXT Education, on AV connectivity; 5G; and more!

March 1st, 2019


A very special episode today as we welcome to the show Matthew Gibb, Chairman of The NEXT Education (@The_NEXT_Ed), to discuss connectivity in an autonomous vehicle world, including 5G; geo-fenced deployment; and much …

Ep 85: 1 YEAR OF ACMH! (1) AEB systems are not equal; (2) Singapore fast tracks AVs; (3) What AVs can learn from Lion Air crash

February 26th, 2019


1 YEAR OF ACMH! Today: (1) BMW X1's emergency braking sucks; (2) Singapore fast tracks AVs for elderly; (3) What AVs can learn from the Lion Air crash


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Ep 84: California autobahns for AVs; a new way to deploy AVs; Elon Musk's claim for full self driving this year

February 22nd, 2019


A new proposal for adding autobahn-type lanes to California freeways could be the ticket to fast track AVs and EVs; are we going about AV deployment …

Ep 83: Predictive vision for AVs; Future of insurance; Ford & VW to partner up?

February 19th, 2019


The University of Michigan studies pedestrian body language like gait and posture to bolster computer vision algorithms with predictive analytics; we …

Ep 82: My solution for AV traffic problems; infrastructure upgrades to expedite AV deployment; when WILL we see L5 AVs, anyway?

February 12th, 2019


I share my solution for autonomous vehicles' traffic woes; we discuss infrastructure upgrades to help expedite AV deployment; and I share my thoughts …

Ep 81: Air traffic control for cars; Amazon invests in AV startup; how will 5G be deployed?

February 8th, 2019


The University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) has an idea to help lower AV testing costs by utilizing remote human operators; Amazon finally invests in an autonomous vehicle startup; given 5G's …

Ep 80: Car sharing to be fast-tracked by Hollywood; AV task force; AVs to be mandated by ADA

February 5th, 2019


Today, Episode 80! Can Hollywood bring about the cultural shift to wean people off of privately owned cars and into shared cars? Does a New Jersey …

Ep 79, SPECIAL: I join two other attorneys on their podcast to discuss legal standards for AVs

February 1st, 2019


I was invited by TuckerEllis, LLP (@TuckerEllis) to join two of their attorneys on their podcast "Driverless" (@_Driverless), in which we deep dive into a broad discussion on various legal issues surrounding autonomous …

QUESTION: Should I split tomorrow's 45 minute episode into two parts?

January 31st, 2019


If you remember, I was invited to be a guest on the podcast of the law firm TuckerEllis LLP in which we discussed, above all, the standard of care to …

Ep 78: Florida to test AVs without test drivers; 905nm vs 1550nm lidar; Tesla driver falls asleep

January 29th, 2019


Today, Episode 78! Florida mulls autonomous vehicle testing without test drivers; we do a mini deep dive into the different flavors of lidar -- 950nm …

Ep 77: German AV consortium; I just did MIT's trolly paradox experiment; here's what Apple's up to

January 25th, 2019


Today: (1) We discuss the AV consortium being assembled amongst the German automakers to help share development costs (but really to cover their …

Ep 76: AVs for elderly & disabled mobility; listener Q&A; autonomous scooters

January 22nd, 2019


We discuss a deeply moving and inspiring email from a listener pushing for autonomous vehicles for people with disabilities; I respond to another listener's questions; and we talk about autonomous scooters.

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January 18th, 2019


The good folks over at HERE Technologies (Twitter; Facebook) invited me to join them in Las Vegas for CES 2019 and help moderate a few days of talks …


January 3rd, 2019


The good folks over at HERE Technologies have invited me to join them at CES 2019 next week in Las Vegas! I'll be there Monday through Thursday, so …

Ep 74: SEASON 2 FINALE! -- Listener QA; FAA for AVs; Tesla driver falls asleep

December 14th, 2018


Today, Episode 74, THE SEASON 2 FINALE! Today: I make a few announcements; I answer some listener-submitted questions; we discuss whether autonomous vehicles will eventually need a government body like the FAA/ICAO/IATA …

Ep 73: Teslas go door-to-door without human input; VW & Ford; the transition to AVs

December 12th, 2018


Today, Episode 73! Teslas will soon get you door-to-door with no human intervention at all; Ford & VW partner up on AV tech; and we talk about the transition from human-driven to autonomous cars in the coming …

Ep 72: The optimal strategy to roll out AVs; Waymo launches world's first AV taxi; Uber strikes back

December 7th, 2018


Today, Episode 72! We talk the best strategy for autonomous vehicles, and it may not be what you think; Waymo rolls out the world's first autonomous …

Ep 71: Should governments slow AV deployment; US Fed relaxes regulations; AV endgame is boring

December 4th, 2018


Today, Episode 71: Should governments around the world slow the deployment of autonomous vehicles to help save jobs; The US government relaxes …

Ep 70: GM focuses on AVs and EVs; Daimler & Bosch ready AV car sharing; Volvo & Luminar

November 30th, 2018


Today, Episode 70! GM focuses on AVs and EVs and replace Cruise Auatomation's CEO and co-founder with GM's president; Daimler & Bosch prepare to …

Ep 69: INTERVIEW: Martin Adler, PhD

November 27th, 2018


Today, thrilled to have Martin Adler, PhD, join us from Amsterdam, on an incredibly fascinating interview that was meant to go just 15-20 minutes, but instead ended up going nearly half an hour long!

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Ep 68: A special UK special edition! British startup Wayve; who's testing where in the UK; FiveAI

November 20th, 2018


Today, a very special UK special edition! We discuss Wayve's machine learning algorithms designed to let cars better learn their environments; we get an overview of who's testing what, where, throughout the UK (hint -- …

Ep 67: Steering wheel or no steering wheel? China gets its first solid state LiDAR AV; so does BMW

November 16th, 2018


Today! We discuss whether you'd be more comfortable getting into a fully autonomous car (read: driverless; no human backup driver) that had the usual …

Ep 66: SPECIAL: Insider tour of HERE Technologies' Berkeley, CA garage offices!

November 13th, 2018


Last week I had the great privilege to be invited to a special, invite-only media event at HERE Technologies' garage offices in Berkeley, CA, to …

Ep 65: SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW: Elaina Farnsworth, CEO The NEXT Education

November 9th, 2018


Today, Episode 65: Elaina Farnsworth, CEO of The NEXT Education (, on her mission to educate and empower the world's talent for this new era of autonomous and connected mobility.

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Ep 64: Illogical humans; iSee brings common sense to AVs; Cruise Automation still on track

November 6th, 2018


Humans will apparently always be illogical; iSee is developing software that brings common sense "understanding" to autonomous vehicles; Cruise …

Ep 63: Waymo goes truly driverless in Califoria; Volvo & Baidu buddy up; Tesla Summon, FaradayFail

November 1st, 2018


Waymo gets approval to test its autonomous cars without backup drivers in California; Volvo & Baidu team up to work on L4 autonomous taxis in …

Ep 62: More trolly paradoxes; Tesla's Navigate on Autopilot; countries' preparedness for AVs

October 30th, 2018


We'll discuss why the trolly paradox isn't a real issue after all, or at least, why it shouldn't be; Tesla's Autopilot V9.0 with Navigate on …

Ep 61: The Trolly Paradox, again; GM's Cruise Automation can't see pedestrians; VW's strategy

October 26th, 2018


Today, Episode 61! We talk again about the trolly paradox, and the need to program autonomous to mirror various cultures' social norms, conventions, …

Ep 60: AVs to replace London cabbies by 2021; Lyft gets autonomous; Apple's Peloton concept

October 23rd, 2018


Today, Episode 60! Autonomous taxis start replacing beloved London cabbies by 2021; Lyft pushes ahead with its Level 5 autonomous Fords; and, Apple submits another AV patent, this time, for a peloton -- autonomous …

Ep 59: Tesla removes "fully self driving" on order form; the Apple Car; 6 cities' approach to AVs

October 19th, 2018


Today, Episode 59: Tesla (Elon Musk, really) has just removed the rather confusing "fully self driving" functionality option on Tesla cars' order …

Ep 58: Volvo & Nvidia; self-driving cars will make us fatter; Waymo readies revenue service

October 16th, 2018


Today, Episode 58! Volvo and Nvidia partner up for improved autonomy in Volvo's early 2020 vehicles; self driving cars pose a serious health risk; …

Ep 57: SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW: Dan Piatkowski from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

October 12th, 2018


TODAY! Thrilled and honored to have special guest Dan Piatkowski join me on the show! Dan's the Assistant Professor of Regional Planning at the …

Ep 56: Feds embrace AVs; AVs to impede ped-only zones; Cruise Automation gets $2.75B from Honda

October 9th, 2018


Annnnnd.... we're back with Episode 56! Sorry for the brief, unscheduled break the last two weeks, but let's dive in and pick up where we left off! …

We’ll be back next week! Sorry!

October 3rd, 2018


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Ep 55: BMW's autonomous motorcycle; the best route for autonomous trucking; Waymo's milestones

September 21st, 2018


Today! We talk about BMW's autonomous motorcycle; the best commercial trucking routes for autonomous trucking; and, we take a step back to look at 9 years of Waymo's biggest milestones.

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Ep 54: AVs cheaper, safer, boringer; Volvo's EV AV truck; Tesla's cross-country Autopilot road trip and BMW iNEXT

September 18th, 2018


Episode 54: Companies are deploying AVs at a faster and faster pace, but are we going to see safer, cheaper, and boringer? Volvo unveils it's …

Ep 53: Uber invests $150M into AVs in Toronto; VW pushes for AV standardizations; my rant against articles against AVs

September 14th, 2018


Today, Episode 53! Uber's not out of the autonomous car race after all, with a new $150M investment in a new AV facility working with the University …

Ep 52: GM's Cruise Automation hits roadblock in NYC; Volvo's 360c self-driving bedroom; AV market numbers

September 11th, 2018


Today, Episode 52! GM's autonomous car subsidiary Cruise Automation hits a regulatory roadblock to start testing in NYC; Volvo's new 360c fully …

Ep 51: FCA invests $30M into AV test facility; consumers not ready for Level 5 cars; Audi's releases an Aicon

September 7th, 2018


Today, Episode 51! FCA gets serious about AVs with a $30M investment in an AV test facility; for the first time in history, technological development …

Ep 50: Germany takes on Tesla; Universal Basic Mobility; an Apple crashes

September 5th, 2018


Today, Episode 50! What a milestone! Germany takes on Tesla; should Universal Mobility be a thing, and if so, how; an Apple gets into a bit of a mess.

Ep 49: Waymo annoys locals; industries disrupted by autonomous cars; China gets serious about EVs and AVs in the US

August 31st, 2018


Today, Episode 49! Waymo's autonomous Chrysler Pacifica minivans annoy the locals in Chandler, Arizona; we discuss five industries sure to be disrupted (or invented altogether) by autonomous cars; and, China gets very …

Ep 48: VW's $4B vw.OS investment; AVs destroy (and create) jobs; Toyota invests $500M into Uber

August 28th, 2018


Today, Episode 48! VW invests $4B into its new vw.OS mobility platform; autonomous cars will destroy -- and create -- jobs; and Toyota invests $500M into Uber.

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Ep 47: VW We, expands, Lyft & Aptiv hit 5000 rides in Las Vegas

August 23rd, 2018


Today: Volkswagen's We EV car sharing program prepares 2000 cars for Berlin; expands to Arlington, TX; and Lyft & Aptiv hit 5000 rides …

Ep 46 - SEASON 2 PREMIERE! Better roads for AVs; no more Uber trucks; BMW gives up on AVs?

August 20th, 2018


Welcome back to Autonomous Cars with Marc Hoag as we kick off Season 2! Today, we discuss the need for better roads and infrastructure for AVs; Uber shuts down its autonomous trucking division; and BMW has a second …

Ep 45: Apple worker steals AV secrets; Daimler, Bosch roll out AV taxis; FCA goes after Tesla

July 12th, 2018


Episode 45! Our final episode of the season before going on a brief summer break: A (now former) Apple employee steals Apple's autonomous car …

Ep 44: VW's EV car sharing, AV traffic woes, people love driving

July 6th, 2018


Today! We talk about VW's new EV car sharing program "WE"; we discuss the paradox of increased traffic caused by AVs; and (some) people will always love driving. PLUS: I spotted that mysterious, unmarked, debadged, …

Ep 43: RoboMart, Levandowski starts a new thing, an AI roadblock

July 4th, 2018


Today, Episode 43! is the autonomous grocery store on wheels you didn't know you needed; Anthony Levandowski of Google/Waymo/Uber fame, and creator of lidar, has just launched a new thing; and, are …

Ep 42: World's first podcast recorded while driving a Tesla Model S with Autopilot?!

June 29th, 2018


Today! A very special podcast episode -- and quite possibly the world's first! -- recorded inside a Tesla Model S while driving from San Francisco to Palo Alto with Autopilot engaged, complete with my personal thoughts, …

Ep 41. May Mobility launches autonomous electric shuttle service; the GM AV1; Faraday Future gets $2B investment!

June 27th, 2018


Today, Episode 41! (Sorry for being a bit late, and short, this one...) We discuss the very cool, imminent launch (as in, tomorrow) of Ann …

Ep 40. Paradoxes: AVs and environment; AVs and car brands; AVs and cities

June 22nd, 2018


Today, Episode 40! We discuss paradoxes! Specifically: With AVs making it easier for people to drive more places more frequently and more distances, what does this mean for the environment? What do AVs mean for more …

Ep 39. Apple hires ex-Waymo engineer; Volvo invests in Luminar Lidar; Enterprise partners with Voyage; rideOS

June 19th, 2018


Today! Apple hires a former ex-Waymo engineer for its Project Titan autonomous car project; Volvo invests in lidar maker Luminar; Enterprise and …

Ep 38. launches; remote cars; BYTON;

June 15th, 2018


Autonomous Cars with Marc Hoag gets its new home on the web over at ! Please check it out and share with your friends and colleagues!

Ep 37: Police Pulling over AVs; Dehumanizing AVs; Autopilot 9

June 11th, 2018


Today (1) We wonder how police will pull over an autonomous car; (2) We ponder ways to make autonomous cars socially acceptable (3) Tesla announces …

Ep 34, Part 2: AV rollout, Waymo, Cruise Automation

June 4th, 2018


Today! We loop back to Episode 34 to do Part 2, in which we discuss the roll out of automation in the commercial shipping space first; Waymo's 100x …


June 1st, 2018


SPECIAL! If there's one episode you listen to on this podcast, make it this one. I had the privilege of attending a presentation by Professor Daniel Sperling, the Distinguished Blue Planet Professor, and Founding …

Ep 34, Part 1: Jaguars prove humans need AVs; Apple + VW

May 30th, 2018


The one where we ran out of time discussing Jaguar's theoretical Jaguar I-PACE SVR with 0-60 times of less than 2 seconds; and, Apple & VW's new love affair.

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Ep 33. Car data privacy; Autopilot deceptive; Uber quits AZ

May 26th, 2018


GDRP goes live and we take a look at the implications for the connected car; consumer groups attack Tesla for "Autopilot" name; Uber gives up on autonomous car testing in Arizona.

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Ep 32. City design; Americans scared of AVs; Aviation & AVs

May 22nd, 2018


We talk about the impact AVs will have not just on city design, but on building design, too; I go on a mini-rant about the 73% of Americans that are scared of AVs; and we discuss what we can learn about AVs from …

Ep 31. Autopilot common sense; Apple's AVs; MobilEye

May 18th, 2018


We talk common sense when using semi-autonomous systems like Autopilot; Apple now the #2 autonomous vehicle company by number of CA testing permits(!); Intel's MobilEye lands an 8 million car deal.

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Ep 30: AVs talk to peds; BMW AVs; Ohio hearts AVs

May 15th, 2018

23:33 autonomous vehicles communicate with pedestrians; BMW clarifies its view on AVs; Ohio embraces AVs.

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Ep 29. INTERVIEW: James Newton - AVs killer app of IoT/5G?

May 11th, 2018


Our first ever guest interview! James Newton is British, has been living in France for just over 30 years and has had an eclectic career developing business in industries focused on IoT, Telematics and Automotive. I've …

SNEAK PREVIEW: Join us Friday 7AM PT for our first guest interview!

May 9th, 2018


Join us Friday, May 11, 2018, for our first ever guest! James Newton, a veteran of the automotive and IoT industries, joins us from Toulouse France, …

Ep 27. Uber's software error; Volvos talk; no maps for MIT

May 7th, 2018


Today: Uber's crash the result of a software calibration error; Volvo's cars and trucks talk together; MIT's autonomous cars don't need maps.

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Ep 26. AVs get hot; FB dreams of AVs; BMW plays with lasers

May 3rd, 2018


Today: Thermal imaging cameras help autonomous cars see the world around them; Facebook's game plan with autonomous cars; and BMW finds a laser supplier for its ride sharing autonomous car fleet slated for release in …

Ep 25. Android Automotive; AV slime molds; AV testing regs

May 1st, 2018


Today: Google prepares Android Automotive to be a sort of "car OS" for all automakers; slime molds may offer a solution for autonomous car …

Ep 24. BMW's AV view; Tesla avoids crash; Tesla exec quits

April 27th, 2018


Our 2-monthiversary! Today: BMW says humans aren't ready for AVs; a Tesla's Autopilot swerves to avoid being flattened by a big rig truck; and -- coincidentally -- Tesla's Autopilot lead heads to Intel.

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Ep 23. Open Source AVs; Model X hits gym; Waymo's philosophy

April 24th, 2018


Today: Autonomous taxi startup Voyage open sources its testing software; a Tesla Model X hits the gym (literally); and, we discuss an important detail contrasting Waymo's philosophy of autonomous car tech to that of its …

Ep 22. Tesla & Waymo collect data; Buick's EV; Tesla selfies

April 19th, 2018


Episode 22! Today: We discuss how Tesla and Waymo go about collecting driving data in radically different ways, and what it means for their ongoing …

Ep 21. V2V & V2I; Autopilot imperfect; Mission E & MB EQS

April 17th, 2018


Our biggest episode yet, clocking in at a whopping 27 minutes! Today: We discuss vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications; discuss why it's ok that Tesla's Autopilot will never be …

Ep 20. Uber supports AVs; Model X lawsuit; solid state lidar

April 12th, 2018


Uber's CEO still strongly support autonomous cars; my thoughts surrounding a lawsuit around the Model X crash; and a brief -- very brief -- overview …

Ep 19. Porsche electrifies; full review of Tesla Autopilot

April 9th, 2018


Porsche announces full electrification by 2030; a mini review of the Jaguar I-Pace first drive; and I share my full review of Tesla's latest …

Ep 18. CA allows driverless cars; Model X crash recreated

April 5th, 2018


Today! The CA DMV allows testing and deployment of FULLY driverless cars on its roads; two Tesla owners post videos testing and recreating the recent Model X crash (yes, really); a(nother) Chinese EV startup is born; …

Ep 17. Tesla's stock; a 1000hp EV SUV; an AV gets ticketed!

April 3rd, 2018


We discuss Tesla's plummeting stock as it relates to Model 3 production woes; an astonishing new EV SUV with 1000hp; and a Cruise Automation fully …

Ep 16. Jaguar + Waymo; Uber's blind spot; Model X crash

March 29th, 2018


The one where we talk about Jaguar partnering up with Waymo; a blind spot in Uber's lidar system potentially causing the tragic accident in Arizona; and a horrific Model X accident in the San Francisco Bay Area.


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Ep 15. Lidar maker "baffled" by Uber; Tesla Maps; Porsche

March 26th, 2018


Lidar maker is "baffled" by Uber autonomous test vehicle; Tesla starts rolling out its new mapping software; Porsche declares that it is NOT …

Ep 14. If cell phones ok, AVs must be too; BMW i4, iX3

March 23rd, 2018


I make the controversial claim that if we as society are ok with allowing cell phones in cars, then it must be the case that we're ok with autonomous cars, too. Also, BMW announces two new products in its nascent "i" …

Ep 13. Risk vs. Benefit of Autonomous Cars; licenses; etc.

March 21st, 2018


We'll discuss the risk vs benefit of autonomous cars; the difficulty of getting drivers' licenses in the future; how autonomous cars will gradually …

Ep 12. Analysis of Uber's accident; Chrysler's Portal

March 20th, 2018


The one where we analyze Uber's tragic accident that killed a pedestrian; also, details on what may be the next big thing -- Chrysler! -- with their …

BREAKING: Autonomous Uber kills pedestrian; bad actors; more

March 19th, 2018


BREAKING NEWS: An autonomous Uber has struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe Arizona; we discuss responsibility and liability in cases of autonomous …

Ep 10. Autopilot; GM's Cruise AV; Ford's $11B investment

March 16th, 2018


The one where we discuss details on Tesla's recent Autopilot update (that were not yet available for yesterday's episode); we go into more details …

Ep 9. Tesla, German EVs, Waymo puts passengers to sleep

March 15th, 2018


The one where we talk about Tesla's new Autopilot and Supercharger price increases; Germany's love affair with EVs; and Waymo's new driverless car putting passengers to sleep.


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Ep 8. Tesla, Starsky Robotics, Trolly Paradox SOLVED!

March 12th, 2018


The one where we discuss Tesla's limited product line; self driving trucking company Starsky Robotics' Series A; and the solution to the infamous …

Ep 7. 2019 Jaguar I-PACE, rideOS

March 8th, 2018


The one where we talk about the Jaguar I-PACE, and a fascinating new startup called rideOS


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Ep 6. Geneva Auto Show & autonomous car sharing

March 7th, 2018


The one where we talk about the new electric cars announced by Porsche and VW at the Geneva Auto Show, and loop back to the previous episode to continue our discussion on the interesting topic of autonomous car sharing.

Ep 5. Fully autonomous cars in California & Volvo's VC fund

March 5th, 2018


California's DMV has announced that fully autonomous -- driverless -- cars will be allowed on the streets starting April 2, 2018. Meanwhile, Volvo …

Ep 4. Why we need self driving cars

March 3rd, 2018


A brief overview of why we actually NEED self driving cars.


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Ep 3. Bulletproof Teslas, old cars in age of autonomy, etc

March 1st, 2018


The one where we discuss the legality of owning older cars once autonomous cars are mandated; the value of a bulletproof Tesla; and Volvo’s plans to …

Ep 2. Autonomous cars are closer than you think

February 28th, 2018


The one where I discuss why autonomous cars are closer than some articles would suggest


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February 28th, 2018


The very first episode of Autonomous Cars with Marc Hoag where I share with you my first experience in an autonomous car, the Tesla Model S with Autopilot! Remember - I encourage feedback and back and forth discussions, …

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