Alex Roy Digest 5.4.16.2: Google is Colossus, China AD, Tesla

4 May

Colossus

GM ditched Google over data control? Add their coming big AI, and Google is Colossus. Or will be. Does that mean Ford is OK with Google’s data control? What does this say about BMW and Daimler’s rejection of Apple’s terms? Did Apple want what Google wants? Is Google already an adolescent Colossus?

What do Driverless Cars mean for car insurers? You don’t need to be Nostradamus to know where this is going.

Also, China isn’t that interested in Autonomous Vehicles.

Here’s why the state inspection system sucks.

This article about what the characters in the Star Wars universe would drive is wrong. Everyone knows Darth Vader drives a Mercedes S65 AMG Coupe.

Tesla is now fighting direct sales restrictions in North¬†Carolina. Isn’t ‘Merica supposed to be about competition? Free markets? What about the American way? I’m totally offended.

Here’s an automotive startup whose life expectancy can be predicted. And probably not in a good way.

Wolfgang Hatz is in Hatz water, and has jumped ship at Porsche. Wait. Sorry. That was bad. Too easy. Not funny. But you didn’t need to be Nostradamus to see that one coming. The joke. And the end of his job. He might consider fleeing the EU if he wants to stay solvent, and out of jail. Ah, Dieselgate.

Alex Roy is an Editor-at-Large for The Drive, and author of The Driver and the LiveDriveRepeat blog. You may follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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