Talking Cars 329: Driving the 2022 Subaru BRZ

We also weigh in on GM’s new hands-free Ultra Cruise driver assistance system

Main theme: We start off the podcast by taking a look at GM’s new Ultra Cruise driver assistance system, and how its use of Lidar, which uses light to pinpoint distances, likely pushes the technology forward. (We also remind the audience that drivers still need to pay attention to the road.) We debate whether Ultra Cruise will build on the success of GM’s top-rated Super Cruise, and how this broader approach to hands-free driving might change the automotive landscape.

Driven this week: 2022 Subaru BRZ

Audience Questions

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“Talking Cars” panelists Jake Fisher, Mike Quincy, and Jon Linkov.

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Mike Quincy

My automotive journalism career started when I was hired by David E. Davis Jr. at Automobile Magazine in 1989. I joined Consumer Reports in 1993 and started working at our test track full time in 2001. I’ve purchased over 100 cars for testing and received high-performance driving training from Jackie Stewart and at the Skip Barber Racing School. Non-automotive pursuits include long-distance bike riding, homemade pizza, and old-school martinis.