Alex Roy’s Digest 5.4.16: Car AntiVirus, OnStar, GPS Death, Uber

4 May


You didn’t need to be Nostradamus to see this one coming: Your connected car will need antivirus software.

Autonomous Driving tech is the next bubble. THEN it will become ubiquitous. Seriously, people aren’t going to want this until Level 4 is available…with or without a steering wheel.

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Alex Roy’s Digest 5.3.16: Chris Harris vs. Gumball 3000, ISIS, Gumpert, Textalyzer & More

3 May

Gumball 3000 Gumpert Apollo Crash

The Gumpert Apollo may disappoint, but the Gumball 3000 never does.

Speaking of the Gumball 3000, Chris Harris really stepped into the line of fire with his anti-Gumball 3000 tweet, and boy did things get nasty when rapper Bun B shot back. Harris’ Instagram is now filled with foul language…or worse.

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Alex Roy’s Daily Digest 5.1.16: Fourth Cars, Flamethrowers, Waze Stalking, “Forklifting”

1 May

Anti-carjacking flamethrower

“Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.” – Winston Churchill

I’m thinking of about doing some more writing about Fourth Cars. Any ideas?

This is how they used to stop carjackings in South Africa: Continue reading

Alex Roy’s Daily Reading 4.28.16: Porsche, Drivy, Turo, Traffic Theory, Tesla, Amateurs

29 Apr

Alex Roy: Porsche 928 Reborn As A Ferrari 488 Killer?

A new Porsche 928? A Ferrari 488 fighter? Please. Let it be both.

I appeared on the Untitled Car Show Podcast. have 99 minutes to kill? We talk Autonomous Cars, Cannonball, Morgan 3-wheelers and scarves.

If Drivy enters the US, there will be war with Turo. Or will there? Continue reading

“Fast Nein: The Fast & The Fuhrer” Is The Best Car Movie You Will Never See

28 Mar

Fast Nein: The Fast & The Fuhrer

Nazis are the best cinematic bad guys ever. Time travel is one of the most tried-and-true plot devices. That’s why when I wrote Nazi Stargate, I thought I nailed everything you need in a script.

Turns out, I was missing the cars. (Maybe that’s why it didn’t sell?)

Fast Nein: The Fast & The Fürher solves that problem. The script is the masterwork of Jordan Vandina, a screenwriter whose satirical eye is belied by the pun-y title. I urge you to read the script for yourself. Because it’s a certain type of genius.

Argue all you want about the best car movie of all time. SennaCannonball RunVanishing Point? Mere contenders. Do any of those have a young Hitler playing with a Volkswagen? Brian undercover in the Chancellery? Dom racing against Hitler in a contest actually called “the master race”?

Read the whole article over at The Drive


Why Buy A Porsche 930 Turbo When This Modified 930 Will Sell For Less Than Half The Price?

14 Feb

Custom Porsche 930 Show car for sale on ebay

“Investing” $150k in your 1987 Porsche 930 isn’t an investment. An investment, by definition, is supposed to appreciate. Massive custom bodywork and modifications are rarely an investment, especially when the original car is so valuable. It’s vanity, or worse. To wit, this car on eBay… Continue reading

Read The Full Text of SEMA Response to EPA Proposal To Ban Most Car Racing

9 Feb

Full Text of SEMA Response to EPA Proposed Ban on Car Car Racing

Racing, like driving, is a privilege, not a right. There’s no constitutional amendment protecting your privilege to do either.

Above is page one of SEMA‘s nine page response to the EPA’s proposed ban on the conversion of street cars to race cars. I recommend reading SEMA’s entire response, since the EPA reg is epic and complex, and SEMA pretty much sums up the folly of government intrusion and what needs our protection. Here’s a longer explainer.

We must support SEMA on this one. More as I get it…

(Update: Link Corrected. Sorry, guys.)

“Your Diminished Privacy Is Their Product”

2 Feb

Privacy While Driving

“Your Diminished Privacy Is Their Product.” This, according to The Atlantic, is the reality behind Vigilant Systems, who are doing everything in their power to empower police to invade your privacy at every turn. Free surveillance hardware. Non-disclosure agreements with law enforcement. If you want to know the full story behind the for-profit effort to invade your privacy behind the wheel, read this terrific article over at TTAC.

(Image Credit: Northwest Harley Blog)