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February 10 2014

20:02

On The Road To The Self-Driving Car

http://onpoint.wbur.org/2014/02/05/self-driving-cars-google-x-computers No more dumb cars, the Federal government decreed this week. Or at least, no mute cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Monday it will soon require all new cars to talk to one another. Share location, speed, direction and more, electronically. Vehicle-to-vehicle – “V2V” – communication. Right behind that comes the next frontier: self-driving cars. First they talk to one another, next they drive themselves. The auto industry, Google, and the law are all gearing up. Guests Tom Costello, correspondent for NBC News. (@tomcostellonbc) Burkhard Bilger, science, nature and technology staff writer at The New Yorker. Bryant Walker Smith, fellow at the Center for Internet and Society and the Center for Automatice Research at Stanford Law School and Stanford University. Lecturer in law. (@bwalkersmith) John Absmeier, director of the Silicon Valley Innovation Center for Delphi Automotive. (@johnabsmeier)
17:39

On The Road To The Self-Driving Car | On Point with Tom Ashbrook (NPR)

No more dumb cars, the Federal government decreed this week. Or at least, no mute cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Monday it will soon require all new cars to talk to one another. Share location, speed, direction and more, electronically. Vehicle-to-vehicle – “V2V” – communication. Right behind that comes the next frontier: self-driving cars. First they talk to one another, next they drive themselves. The auto industry, Google, and the law are all gearing up. This hour On Point: on the road to the world of the self-driving car. Source: http://onpoint.wbur.org/2014/02/05/self-driving-cars-google-x-computers
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January 04 2014

16:44

Trams: Los Angeles - Rear Vision - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The story of the struggle between the tram and the car for supremacy in our cities. 100 years ago Los Angeles had the best and most extensive light rail in the world. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/rearvision/trams-los-angeles/3348808
16:31

The car industry - Rear Vision - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Governments everywhere are confronting the collapse of the global automobile market in different ways, with loans, bailouts and sometimes cold rejection. Rear Vision looks at the history of the car industry in Australia, which has always relied on government support, and in the United States, where the Obama administration is trying to work out whether more government aid could make its car companies viable. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/rearvision/the-car-industry/3148330

December 25 2013

05:17

Arnold Kling on the Economics of Health Care and the Crisis of Abundance

First an aside and then a longer post on an issue touched on in the podcast. The aside: Arnold Kling stated that health care costs appear to be excessive compared to health outcomes given that longevity in the United States is the same as in other countries that spend less. Longevity is not the only measure of health outcomes. Many other goods are purchased as well (e.g., time/convenience and the ability to remain active). Now the main point. I have always thought that auto mechanics are a good analogy to doctors when thinking of solutions to one of the possible sources of market failure in health care: the suppliers of the goods (the doctors and auto mechanics) effectively demand the goods (by instructing the patients/car owners as to which tests and treatments should be provided). I was glad to hear the podcast discuss this issue, but don't think it went far enough (although Russ Roberts almost came back to it at the end with a discussion of car insurance for oil changes). Russ Roberts indicated that the way he solves this problem is to find a car mechanic he really trusts. The transaction costs to that solution are fairly high, and the market has found another (and I think better) solution. The car makers have internalized the cost of repairs, and the consumer pays for that cost in the price of the car. My experience is that vehicle warranties (on both new cars and used "certified" cars and used cars purchased through the national vendors) have become much more comprehensive and extended warranties are much cheaper and more comprehensive (I used to never purchase them, but have with my last two cars). At least one car maker I know of (BMW) has even internalized the routine maintenance (oil changes) given that the failure to obtain that maintenance may cause more costly warranty claims. Perhaps the pervasiveness of third party payment systems is due to the high transaction costs of educating medical consumers or finding trustworthy doctors and providers. The internet may reduce some of those costs, but my guess is that most consumers only do the research after obtaining a diagnosis (and not research on whether or when to obtain tests and care in the absence of a diagnosis). Ultimately this analogy would suggest that HMOs (providers who both provide care and take on the insurance risk) as being the best solution to the transaction costs of finding trustworthy providers. And yet, my experience (I am an attorney who works with employers on their benefit plans, including medical plans) is that HMOs have dramatically declined in popularity (to the point that many employers do not offer them as an option). What's going on here? Is the analogy wrong? Interested in the thoughts of others on this point. http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2007/11/arnold_kling_on.html

December 23 2013

01:58

Marketplace on GM's first female CEO

April 11 2013

20:18

Neutral – 12: Vomit Ruins Everything

In the final episode of Neutral: * Casey and Marco drag John through the story of their European Delivery vacation picking up Marco's M5. * BMW Welt, the BMW Museum, and the factory tour. * Driving on the autobahn. * Finding and driving the Nürburgring. * German drivers, food, culture, and hospitality. Sponsored by Squarespace: Use code NEUTRAL4 at checkout for 10% off.
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20:14

Neutral – 12: Vomit Ruins Everything

In the final episode of Neutral: * Casey and Marco drag John through the story of their European Delivery vacation picking up Marco's M5. * BMW Welt, the BMW Museum, and the factory tour. * Driving on the autobahn. * Finding and driving the Nürburgring. * German drivers, food, culture, and hospitality. Sponsored by Squarespace: Use code NEUTRAL4 at checkout for 10% off.
Tags: cars

August 15 2012

08:25

SWR2 Forum: Sand im Getriebe – - SWR2 :: Programm :: Sendungen A-Z :: Forum | SWR.de

Welche Zukunft hat die Autoindustrie?Es diskutieren:Dr. Joachim Becker, Journalist, Süddeutsche ZeitungDr. Weert Canzler, Mobilitätsforscher, Wissenschaftszentrum BerlinProf. Dr. Kurt Möser, Technikhistoriker, Universität KarlsruheGesprächsleitung: Eggert Blum http://www.swr.de/swr2/programm/sendungen/swr2-forum/-/id=660214/sdpgid=693704/gp4=autostart/nid=660214/did=10011906/ezkt7m/index.html

July 08 2011

09:11

Freakonomics » Hey Baby, Is That a Prius You’re Driving?

Conspicuous conservation is the theme of our latest podcast, called “Hey Baby, Is That a Prius You’re Driving?” It centers around a paper by Alison and Steve Sexton, a pair of Ph.D. economics candidates (who happen to be twins, and who happen to have economist parents), called “Conspicuous Conservation: The Prius Effect and Willingness to Pay for Environmental Bona Fides.” Includes an appearance by Tim Harford.

June 29 2011

16:21

The Adam Carolla Show - Kelly Oxford | The Adam Carolla Show

Blogger Kelly Oxford sits down to talk to Adam about the early days of blogging, and Bam Margera’s response to Roger Ebert’s offensive tweet. Adam also talks about carbon monoxide poisoning, and listen to another snippet of The Lotzi Tapes. http://www.adamcarolla.com/ACPBlog/2011/06/22/kelly-oxford/

May 09 2011

03:36

Peak oil? Now it's peak cars - Science Show - 7 May 2011

Australian and world peak car ownership per capita was in 2004 and since has shown a slow decline. It marks an end to car dependence. Teenage car ownership has dropped markedly. Figures suggest a big cultural shift as well as structural change within cities. Some very large cities such as Beijing and Shanghai have made it almost impossible to buy a new car. Car transport has reached a limit. Shanghai built a metro system in 10 years, which covers 80% of the city and carries 8 million passengers each day. Metros are being built in 82 Chinese cities and 14 Indian cities. Peter Newman compares the cost of constructing roads and railways and says both cost about $50million per kilometre. But rail carries 8-20 times the passengers carried by road. With the price of gasoline heading north, people are moving back into cities and not wanting to be as dependant on cars as they were. http://www.abc.net.au/rn/scienceshow/stories/2011/3206293.htm

January 31 2011

17:19

The Adam Carolla Show - Marc Maron | Adam Carolla's Show

Adam welcomes Marc Maron back to the show to discuss interviewing Gallagher, the pains of divorce, and why therapy can sometimes be a good thing. http://www.adamcarolla.com/ACPBlog/2011/01/30/marc-maron/

January 17 2011

23:31

By Design - 2011-01-05 - Chris Bangle

Chris Bangle: global car designer and ideas agitator Do you know this name, Chris Bangle? Car enthusiasts in the By Design audience will know him, in the world of car design he's a star, but all of you know his work. Trends and Products: Pixel building - the greenest in Australia The Pixel building, as it is known, is the new Melbourne city headquarters for the developers Grocon - known for many of Australia´s major buildings. Eureka building on Melbourne´s Southbank is one of their most prominent. This is considered one of the tallest buildings in Australia. The Pixel building, though, is small, and an experiment in all things green. The building´s architects Studio 505 are one of Australia´s most innovative and thoughtful firms, with the co-founder Dylan Brady coming out of LAB Architecture, the firm that designed Melbourne's Federation Square. Wallpaper: an on-again, off-again love affair On his deathbed in a Paris hotel room, Oscar Wilde famously quipped: 'My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has to go.' In Australia, since the 1840s, fashions in wallpaper have come and gone in Australia during our long, on-off love affair with wallpaper. When the Lights Went Out: a history of blackouts in America Where were you when the lights went out? For whatever reason they went out, you´ll probably remember where you were when it happened because our electrically lit-up life has become so natural to us that when the lights go off, the darkness seems abnormal and memorable.

December 28 2010

00:45

Gareth Jones On Speed Season #6 Episode #133

To Italy and beyond with Infiniti. Join Gareth as he flies to Rome to drive the new Infinti M30D and M37. Can Infiniti take on the established prestige marques? With Paul Gibson from thechauffeur.com and legendary former Top Gear presenter Sue Baker.

August 17 2010

11:55

Gareth Jones on Speed - Episode 123

2010 Stereo Summer Special - Learn to speak Motorsport. A handy guide to the languages of international motor racing. With music from Big County & The Reclaimers, Björg, The Jammed, Pit Stop Boys, Beastly Boys, Plus new music: No More Motor Racing Heroes from The Wranglers.

August 05 2010

00:55

U.S. Auto Industry Revving Up

One year after the multi-billion dollar bailout, Detroit is buzzing over profits, new jobs, and electric cars. We look under the hood and check the vitals of America’s auto industry.
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