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

These “American” Cars Will Be 35% More Expensive Under A Trump Presidency.

15 Sep

Alex Roy's LiveDriveRepeat - Trump Wants These Cars to Go Up 35% In Price If He's Elected...

Donald Trump is sick and tired of American car manufacturers exporting jobs, and doesn’t mind a little trade war. Here is a list of American cars whose prices Donald Trump suggested should go up 35% were he elected president, according to his speech in Raleigh, North Carolina last night. Trump was a little vague about details, but if we go by the NHTSA 70% standard, well, here you go: Continue reading

Is the Mercedes Concept IAA the next CLS? I Hope So.

13 Sep

Alex Roy's LiveDriveRepeat - Mercedes IAA Concept Courtesy of Carscoops

Dear Mercedes: Please build the Concept IAA. The “Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile” is exactly what the next CLS should be. I loved the design of the first-gen CLS. Not so much the second. The IAA solves that problem. Let’s look at the evolution: 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

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