How to Crash the World’s Most Dangerous Rental Car

25 May

Crash

“This is a very dangerous car.”

Mr. Rapido told me that. He is the chain-smoking Danny DeVito lookalike who owns Rapido Car Rental, and he’s a man you wouldn’t cross even if you hadn’t seen the “Get your shine box” scene in Goodfellas. He was reluctantly offering to rent us a car that he claimed was his personal car, a car he only drove on sunny days around Brescia—the Philadelphia of Italy—a car he loved so much that its rental rate was listed online for $1,000/day.

“Very, very dangerous,” he lit another cigarette, “especially if you touch the gas.”

And boy, was it. Read the rest over at The Drive

How My Morgan 3-Wheeler Stopped A Mugging

12 May

Karate

I once thought The Karate Kid was nonsense. Paint the fence. Sand the floor. Wax on, wax off. Daniel-san thinks his time is being wasted, only to learn that mastering chores is the key to earning a Black Belt. A good movie, but it’s pretty clear that in real life the only way Daniel-san was leaving the All-Valley Martial Arts Tournament alive was if he’d brought a gun.

Then, on a balmy evening in lower Manhattan, I was visited by the ghost of Mr. Miyagi’s long-dead and longer-lost English cousin. He came in the form of H.F.S. Morgan, founder of Morgan Motor Cars, and he came bearing instructions:

Bend the leg. Clutch in, clutch out.

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Ed Snowden Loves Self-Driving Cars, Hates Privacy

12 May

SnowdenSnowden

If Ed Snowden wants to protect privacy and civil liberties, then he’s got some explaining to do re: his remarks on Self-Driving Cars. Yesterday he tweeted the following: Continue reading

Alex Roy Digest 5.11.16: No Steering Wheels, Uber For Gas, People Are Dangerous

11 May

Filld

Transportation Communist/Gizmodo contributor Alissa Walker is back with another pro-Autonomous Driving article, Why Self-Driving Cars Should Never Have Steering Wheels. Citing Google’s Chris Urmson, she adds some predictable commentary to his argument that Self-Driving Cars basically should launch at Level 5. Don’t know your Autonomous Driving (AD) Levels? Here’s a nice chart from SAE. I’ll say this one more time…technology can solve a lot of problems, but it can’t solve for human nature. I don’t think it matters whether AD is Level 5 capable. People want to feel agency, however untrained they are in the art of driving. Article coming… Continue reading

Alex Roy Digest 5.10.16: Snowden’s Self-Driving Contradiction, Ford’s Fake Cylinders

10 May

Snowden

Love or hate Edward Snowden, we all know what he stands for. PRIVACY, right? Wrong. Because Snowden clearly also believes in Self-Driving Cars (SDC’s). For someone who claims to support privacy at any cost – including what critics would call treason – it’s the height of cognitive dissonance to ALSO believe in SDCs. SDCs, but definition, require the near total abdication of privacy.

How can Snowden not see this? And which side does he ultimately fall on?

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Alex Roy Digest 5.9.16.2: FBI, Amazon Echo, OnStar, Spies, Facebook

9 May

FBI

I’ll let the above tweet from Matt Novak speak for itself. Now imagine you own a car with OnStar, or ANY with voice recognition, ESPECIALLY if it was made in the last 24 months. Do you really believe there is NO chance someone is listening to your in-car conversations? Really?

The Americans. As in the show. Actually happened. The day we discovered our parents were Russian spies.

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Alex Roy Digest 5.9.16: Is Driving The New Smoking? Cheap Oil & Tesla

9 May

Is Driving The New Smoking

Driving Will Be The New Smoking? There is a War On Driving, and this is exactly what I’m against.

Will EV Sales Growth and Global Spread of Fracking Keep Oil Cheap Forever?

Can Tesla afford to keep the Supercharger Network running? Another interesting article from the usual skeptics at Seeking Alpha.

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Alex Roy’s Digest 5.8.16: No To Driverless Cars, Polizei vs. Gumball 3000, Lyft, Traptap

8 May

Gumball 3000

The German Police Hit The Gumball 3000 Hard. You didn’t need to be Nostradamus to see that coming.

Billions are being invested in driverless cars that Americans don’t want. I think some of them want it. I know I do. But not so sure about people over 50. My mom sure doesn’t. Basically, if your desktop has ever crashed, you probably don’t want it. Paging, Windows 95 users…

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Alex Roy Digest 5.7.16: Invention, GT86 Concept, Elon Musk, Car Art

7 May

Alex Roy

Have You Ever Seen the Rain? This Entrepreneur Reinvented the Umbrella, and I don’t know how I’m supposed to feel about this. They certainly invented something.

I really dig this Toyota GT86 Shooting Brake concept. It’s the normal person’s Ferrari FF:

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Alex Roy’s Digest 5.6.16.3: More Tesla Crash, Internet of S**t, America’s Cup

6 May

Tesla Crash

Five German teens amazingly survived this devastating Tesla crash in Pullach, Germany. The Models S pictures are incredible, but not as incredible as how well the car’s crash structure protected them.

The America’s Cup is cool, and in New York, and will be facing some tough conditions.

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