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No Such Thing As Bad Publicity?Tesla and Waymo Square Off

Tesla drew plenty of unwanted attention when a Model 3 was pulled over by the California Highway Patrol after a 7-mile “chase” with the ostensible driver asleep and inebriated.  Kudos to the safety officers for quick thinking to prevent a tragic end. But the incident sharpens the argument for those who believe that vehicles operating at SAE Level 2 and Level 3 of autonomy are inherently unsafe and highlights the role of robust driver monitoring.

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Waymo, by contrast, earned applause for its seamless launch of its “robot taxi fleet” – albeit with a safety driver behind the wheel.  Video of a test ride shows how impressive – and boring – a ride in Waymo One can be.  Host and litigator Zach Adams discusses these development with litigator Jon Feczko and transactional attorney Tod Northman.

Resources

Tesla owner attempts Autopilot defense during DUI stop,” (Timothy B. Lee author)

Waymo’s Ambitious Plans for High-Speed Taxis Could Be Holding It Back,”(Timothy B. Lee author)

When Will My Self-Driving Car Get Here?” (Editors)

Why Waymo’s Fleet of Self-Driving Cars Is Finally Ready for Prime Time” (Tom Vanderbilt author)

https://www.tesla.com/autopilot

Tesla rejected more advanced driver monitoring features on its cars” (Sean O’Kane author)

Lack of ‘safeguards’ in Tesla's Autopilot contributed to fatal crash” (Zac Estrada author)

Riding in Waymo One, the Google spinoff’s first self-driving taxi service” (Andrew J. Hawkins author)

A Sleeping Driver Highlights Autopilot’s Biggest Flaw(Alex Davies author)

Show Notes

1:00 Tesla gets a DUI
5:02 Driver monitoring
9:35 Autopilot – Is the problem Tesla or Tesla drivers?
12:40 Level 2 and Level 3 have inherent safety risks
18:22 Emergency workers’ interactions with autonomous vehicles
29:07 Waymo One to other AV companies: “Your move”

GM Drops Sedans and PlantsDid AV Cause GM to Drop Sedans, Fire Workers, and Shutter Plants?

Notwithstanding five years of strong profits and anticipatable fiery backlash, GM announced plans to cut almost 15,000 jobs in North America and to end production at five North American plants. GM intends to drop passenger-cars from its lineup, including the Chevy Cruze, the newly redesigned Cadillac CT6, the Impala, and the Buick LaCrosse. The Company’s press release cited a plan to invest the saved costs in electric and self-driving vehicles. The Company also shifted Dan Amman from its president to chief executive officer of GM Cruise. Host Zach Adams, litigator Jon Feczko and business lawyer Tod Northman assess the ramifications of GM’s actions with particular emphasis on autonomous vehicles.

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Resources

Automakers face fight to stand out in driverless era, The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, Nov. 25, 2018 (Ian Thibodeau author)

Detroit Has Had It With Cars, Bloomsburg, Nov. 26, 2018 (Justin Fax author)

Ford Gets Left at the Lights by General Motors, Bloomsburg, Nov. 27, 2018 (Chris Bryant author)

General Motors is cutting 14,000 jobs and focusing on self-driving and electric vehicles, Vox, Nov. 26, 2018 (Aditi Shrikant author)

GM’s Plan to Cut Jobs and Plants Draws Fire From Trump, Others, WSJ, Nov. 26, 2018 (Mike Colias author)

GM just made a big behind-the-scenes move to boost robot cars, Detroit Free Press, Nov 29, 2018 (Jamie L LaReau author)

Show Notes

2:06    GM’s move mirrors the market for sales
5:55    Do sedans have a future?
9:38    Autonomous vehicles won’t look like cars today
17:15    Unintended consequences from autonomous vehicles
 

Welcome to Driverless!

Welcome to Driverless, a podcast devoted to analyzing the legal issues surrounding autonomous vehicles and other artificial intelligence technologies! In this teaser, host Zach Adams details how upcoming episodes will explore policy and regulation implications, legal liability questions, corporate and business considerations, and how these issues intersect with the technologies driving the future of transportation. Tune in on November 7th for the release of the first episode of Driverless!

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