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Bad month for self driving cars

Episode 1482

Google's Lexus RX 450h Self-Driving Car

April has been a bad month for self driving cars, as both a driver and pedestrian have died from accidents. Leo says that California is giving Google a permit for a self driving car called WayMo, which will have no safety driver. The irony isn't lost on Leo, and while he believes that self driving cars are better than human control, they're never going to be 100%. There's more testing that needs to be done and they should have a safety driver until the bugs are ironed out.

Driver of Fatal Tesla Crash was Using Autopilot Mode

Episode 1475

Tesla Model X

The driver of the Tesla Model X that crashed on March 23rd did have the autopilot mode engaged. This comes after Uber's deadly crash with a pedestrian, where it has been determined that the self-driving car had not been operating safely. Tesla responded that the driver should have put his hands on the wheel to intervene. Strange curves and barriers can cause problems for the autopilot mode. It's important that any safety driver stay alert when the car is in self-driving mode.

Why doesn't Uber know where I'm at?

Episode 1417

George from Santa Monica, CA
Uber for iOS

George uses his iPad to call Uber, but they don't know where to pick him up. Leo says that's because the iPad doesn't have GPS. The app just has to ask for the address of where he is in order to find him. With a mobile phone, they would have his coordinates in the app. Without GPS, the app has to use other means to find his general location, usually it uses "WiFi triangulation," and that's not always very accurate. The app puts a pin where he is, and if it's using WiFi triangulation, the pin just goes close to where he is. The good news is he can move the pin in the app.

Johnny Jet on Travel

Episode 1412

Johnny Jet

Johnny Jet joins us from a Ritz Carlton ski resort in Colorado this week.

Travel Tip - Flying into Seattle offers a very organized and helpful management of Uber and Lyft pickup. There's also wingz.me. What makes them different is that there's no surge pricing. If you prebook, you'll get the same price and you can request the same driver over and over. It's available in 14 cities. Another tip for using Uber: when you see the price surging, just wait a few minutes. It will eventually fall back down.