Alex Roy Digest 5.10.16: Snowden’s Self-Driving Contradiction, Ford’s Fake Cylinders

10 May

Snowden

Love or hate Edward Snowden, we all know what he stands for. PRIVACY, right? Wrong. Because Snowden clearly also believes in Self-Driving Cars (SDC’s). For someone who claims to support privacy at any cost – including what critics would call treason – it’s the height of cognitive dissonance to ALSO believe in SDCs. SDCs, but definition, require the near total abdication of privacy.

How can Snowden not see this? And which side does he ultimately fall on?

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Alex Roy’s Digest 5.8.16: No To Driverless Cars, Polizei vs. Gumball 3000, Lyft, Traptap

8 May

Gumball 3000

The German Police Hit The Gumball 3000 Hard. You didn’t need to be Nostradamus to see that coming.

Billions are being invested in driverless cars that Americans don’t want. I think some of them want it. I know I do. But not so sure about people over 50. My mom sure doesn’t. Basically, if your desktop has ever crashed, you probably don’t want it. Paging, Windows 95 users…

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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?

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

4 May

Antivirus

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 5.1.16: Electric Ferrari, Charging Stations, Tesla Skeptics, Self-Driving Civic

1 May

Alex Roy's LiveDriveRepeat: Electric Ferrari 308

An electric Ferrari 308? Be still my beating heart. This speaks to me on so many levels. Magnum, P.I. is the obvious one, but 32:07 is the other. A red Ferrari similar to this one set the Transcontinental Driving Record in 1983 on the U.S. Express, and will always be the quintessential Cannonball car. Except for a certain E39 BMW M5.

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Doug DeMuro Doesn’t Know Anything About Autonomous Cars

12 Feb

Doug Demuro Denies Tesla Model S Autonomous Car Dominance

“The Tesla has come and gone,” according to Doug Demuro. Does Demuro know anything about Autonomous Cars? Jalopnik was kind enough to invite me to weigh in as part of their latest video, “Is A Tesla The Best Semi-Autonomous Car You Can Buy?” I recommend you watch it, because his comments are illuminating for all the wrong reasons. Continue reading

Autonomous Cars Will Never Be Fully Autonomous Until…

5 Feb

BBC Image: Wireless Charging Electric Vehicle

What makes an Autonomous Car fully Autonomous? Full Autonomy. That will never happen until the last piece of the Autonomous Driving (AD) chain is solved, and that’s the automation of refueling and recharging. This article on The Verge got me thinking about the relationship between AD and EVs, the totally fractured way we talk about the two, and the clear delineation between the types of Self-Driving Cars that are coming.

I just Googled the phrase “Autonomous Driving Chain” and found…nothing. Is no one really thinking about this? It’s impossible.

(Photo credit: BBC)

Autonomous Driving Nomenclature Makes No Sense

4 Feb

Alex Roy On Autonomous Driving Nomenclature

When it comes to marketing autonomous driving, carmakers have a problem. Actually two problems. First, they need to convince us we need Autonomous Driving. Also, they need to explain to us exactly what these features actually do. Everyone knows ABS means Anti-Lock Braking, because all manufacturers use it as a generic term. Not so with Autonomous Driving features, and that’s a big problem. Because you can’t sell something you can’t explain.

Let’s take a look at what the average person sees by Googling three German manufacturers’ current, and upcoming, models. Oh, and Tesla. Tesla has led the way in simplifying autonomous driving nomenclature, but Mercedes, Audi and BMW are right behind them. Or so I thought.

Read the full article over at The Drive…

Air Disasters, Indiana Jones and the Future of Car Accidents

21 Jan

Indiana Jones & The Swordfighter

The Age of the Autonomous Car is coming, and if you want to survive it, you need to re-watch Raiders of the Lost Ark and learn the Lesson of the Swordsman. Once you do that, you’re halfway to understanding the problem with autonomous cars. For every problem technology solves, a new one is created. We solved the problem of the sword with the gun. We are now poised to solve the “problem” of human drivers with Autonomous Cars. And that’s a problem.

If Indy’s gun had misfired, he’d have been toast.

What will happen when Autonomous Cars fail?

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California’s Rules on Self-Driving Cars Don’t Really Matter

17 Dec

Alex Roy's LiveDriveRepeat

Don’t believe yesterday’s clickbait nonsense about the California DMV’s draft rules for Self-Driving Cars. There’s much more (and less) than meets the eye here, and it affects new and legacy car manufacturers VERY differently.

Read my new story over at The Drive.

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