Bigger Than VW? Google Does A 180 on Autonomous Cars

30 Sep

Alex Roy's LiveDriveRepeat - Google Changes StrategyLost in the storm of VW news, the FCA confession and the Ford Windstar recall is even bigger news re: the future of the car sector: Google’s Sergey Brin said that they’re now open(!) to self-driving cars that can be driven manuallyThis is a complete reversal of Google’s previous position on Autonomous cars, and the ramifications are enormous.

The last time Google took an official position on this was earlier this year, when they unveiled a prototype lacking a steering wheel and gas or brake pedals. Continue reading

Will Widows of Fast & Furious Fans Sue Paul Walker’s Estate?

29 Sep

Alex Roy's LiveDriveRepeat - Paul Walker

Will widows of Fast & Furious fans sue Paul Walker’s estate? There. I put it out there. I’d like to make this a spoof but I can’t. This morning’s announcement that Paul Walker’s daughter has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche has pushed me over the edge. The comments are universal in their condemnation: The lawsuit is frivolous. Roger Rodas was driving. She should be suing his estate. Let me take this one step further. Continue reading

Why AWD Is Like Wearing A Condom To A Gunfight: This Article Will Save Your Life

28 Sep

Alex Roy's LiveDriveRepeat - Winter Tires

I can’t remember how many times a friend has bragged to me about their brand new SUV. Especially annoying are those who brag about having bought the “special edition,” usually named after a long-dead explorer who probably froze to death, or some guy who invented a piece of clothing too expensive for explorers. That’s the funny thing about explorers, and people who risk their lives in general. They don’t care about brands or special editions. They only care about what works. Continue reading

Do You Love Your Kids? Branding, VW & The Forgotten Recaro Recall.

23 Sep

Alex Roy's LiveDriveRepeat - Recaro Recalls Baby Seats

All this VW talk has completely clouded the fact that recalls happen all the time. Unless you’re the original owner of anything you buy, it’s unlikely you’ll receive the traditional snail mail notification that might save your life. In this case, your child’s. Maybe, if the recall is big enough, you might even hear about it in the news. Trust me. If you’re the company doing the recalling, it’s best if no one other than current owners of your product finds out. Sooooo, Recaro – yes, that Recaro – really lucked out last week.

The spirit of Nostradamus must have shone upon Recaro, because they announced their recall of 173,000 child safety seats on September 15th, to very little fanfare. The VW Scandal broke on the 18th, and what little coverage Recaro got over the weekend was swamped by VW’s public collapse on the 21st.

Let’s go deeper, because I’m really upset about this. Let’s talk about branding. Continue reading

Apple Car’s ‘Target Ship Date’ Is 2019? I Stand By My Theory.

22 Sep

Here’s an interesting report that contradicts my 9/19 story about Apple’s Autonomous Car plans. According to the WSJ, Apple’s target ship date is 2019. I don’t think so. I stand by my theory. Continue reading

The Only VW Story You Need to Read As Of Today.

22 Sep

Alex Roy's LiveDriveRepeat - VW = Das Pollution

What is the VW story and why does it matter? So many non-car friends have e-mailed and called asking what’s happening, I’ve decided to simplify it. I mean, really simplify it, by inaugurating “The Only VW Story You Need to Read As Of Today.” To wit: Continue reading

What Is The Best Dog For A Road Trip?

20 Sep

Alex Roy's LiveDriveRepeat - What's The Best Dog For A Road Trip?

What is the best dog for a road trip?

I’ve never owned a dog, and whatever I adopt, because I am adopting, needs to be comfortable coming along on extended road trips. Not just in a car, but in a Morgan 3-Wheeler. Also, I’d prefer a dog that would look good in a Polizei “Hund K9” outfit. Continue reading

Why Apple Just Met With The California DMV To Discuss Self-Driving Car Regulations

19 Sep

Alex Roy's LiveDriveRepeat - Why Apple Just Met With The California DMV

Apple met with the California DMV this past August to discuss self-driving car regulations, according to Slashgear, “lending further weight to rumors the company is developing an autonomous vehicle.”

Wait. Apple JUST met with the California DMV this past August to discuss self-driving car regulations? JUST this past August?

The Slashgear story is not the story. Continue reading

From The Department of Non-Invention: Ford’s Adaptive Steering

17 Sep

Alex Roy's LiveDriveRepeat - Ford's Adaptive Steering

The Autonomotive Singularity marches forward. And sometimes it doesn’t.

Behold, Ford’s “Adaptive Steering.”

Billed by the laziest auto-journos as a small step toward Autonomous Driving, it isn’t. This was once called power steering. Ford’s “Adaptive Steering” seems to be a variation on power steering, albeit one that places motorized actuators into the steering wheel itself. So what it really? Continue reading