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

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

WTF: GM Took 5 Years to Fix Hack of OnStar Cars?

12 Sep

Alex Roy's LiveDriveRepeat

Upon reading the Wired piece about GM’s failure to fix their OnStar hack for 5 years, I Googled for a whole ten minutes looking for an image to describe my incredulity. I couldn’t find one pithy enough, so read into the image what you will. So many articles have covered vehicular hacks recently that to add another summing them up seems like a waste of time. It isn’t. Continue reading

What Is The Autonomotive Singularity?

10 Sep

The following is excerpted from my Jalopnik piece: “How Science Fiction Failed Us: The Real Future of Autonomous Cars.”

The Autonomotive Singularity is the idea that human input is the weakest link in the transportation chain, manifested to its logical end. It is Uber meets Skynet. It is the sun around which every digital automotive “advancement” currently orbits. Continue reading

Come See My TEDx “Vigilante of The Human Driver”

10 Sep

Alex Roy's TEDx: Vigilante of The Human DriverCome see my upcoming talk “Vigilante of The Human Driver,” Saturday, October 3rd, in Manchester Center, VT, as part of TEDx Battenkill. The theme? “Vigilantes of Extinction.”

Inspired by and from feedback to my recent Jalopnik article “How Science Fiction Failed Us: The Real Future of Autonomous Cars,” I’ll be discussing car culture from the Automotive Singularity through the Autonomotive, the fate of human-driven vehicles and the unintended consequences of AD on society, good and bad. Continue reading

Comment of the Day – I’m Truly Flattered By This Brilliant Idea.

9 Sep

BestcommentevereditedFor my first Comment of the Day, here’s the best comment ever, in response to my Jalopnik piece yesterday, “How Science Fiction Failed us: The Real Future of Autonomous Cars.”

Thanks so much, Color-Commentary. I’m truly flattered.

It might actually make for a great movie.

Alex Roy is the founder of Team Polizei, a columnist for Jalopnik, a host on /DRIVE, author of The Driver, President of Europe By Car, Producer of The Great Chicken Wing Hunt & 32 Hours 7 Minutes, was Chairman of The Moth from 2002-2007, won The Ultimate Playboy on Sky One, has competed in LeMons & the Baja 1000, and holds a variety of driving records, most notably the 2006 NY-LA Transcontinental Driving Record, accomplished in 31 hours and 4 minutes.

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The Real Future Of Autonomous Cars

9 Sep

Alex Roy's LiveDriveRepeat - The Real Future Of Autonomous Cars

Elon Musk believes in it. So does Uber’s Travis Kalanick. The Autonomotive Singularity is inevitable. It is the enemy of enthusiast car culture as it stands, but only as we know it. If we come to understand it, it might just be the best thing ever for car enthusiasts. Might. If you truly love driving, you need to understand the Autonomotive Singularity, and that means you have to stop ignoring it and accept it. Continue reading

What Is Qualcomm Trying To Tell Us With This Back To The Future Joke?

7 Sep

Oh, Qualcomm. It’s so nice to see a major player with an interest in Autonomous Driving attempt to educate the public by tweeting about “The Car of the Future.” But what is the real message behind a cute little GIF that depicts not a car of the future, but a car that is basically here now?

Let’s dissect this little GIF. Continue reading

Want To See Alex Roy Speak @ SXSW?

6 Sep

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I need your help. Hot on the heels of my appearance on Futurist HeatherVescent’s Podcast “The Future of Cars and the Open Road”, she invited me to her panel @ the 2016 SXSW.

For that to happen, we need your vote.

The panel is called “The Automotive Singularity is Not Near.” In order for it to be approved, we need votes, which means signing in and voting, which should take all of 15 seconds. Today is the last day of voting, and of course, in a democratic system, every vote counts. I hope.

We’ll be joined by Envisioneering Founder, Technologist, Cannonball Run veteran & U.S. Express organizer Rick Doherty, and former Jalop and Auto tech genius Damon Lavrinc. For a taste of what Heather and I discussed last month, here’s the podcast…

Alex Roy is the founder of Team Polizei, a columnist for Jalopnik, a host on /DRIVE, author of The Driver, President of Europe By Car, Producer of The Great Chicken Wing Hunt & 32 Hours 7 Minutes, was Chairman of The Moth from 2002-2007, won The Ultimate Playboy on Sky One, has competed in LeMons & the Baja 1000, and holds a variety of driving records, most notably the 2006 NY-LA Transcontinental Driving Record, accomplished in 31 hours and 4 minutes.

You may follow him on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.