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 is the best BMW of all time? The Team Polizei E39 BMW M5, of course.
Watch Zac Moseley and Michael Prichinello of the Classic Car Club New York join The/Drive’s Michael Spinelli to debate the rest:
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.
How to buy an electric vehicle charging station. Just in case you wanted to know. Continue reading
I spoke at the SAE World Congress and all I got was this low-rez image. From a friend. Who needs a better smartphone. Still waiting on video.
Crash tests for autonomous cars are going to be way weirder than we think.
BMW really wants Mini owners to rent out their cars? Unlike Daimler, which both owns and fills its own pipeline, otherwise known as Car2Go.
Volvo autonomous car engineer calls Tesla’s Autopilot a ‘wannabe’. I can’t wait to find out. Soon. Continue reading
A new BMW 8-series is in the works, and it is gorgeous. Intended to compete with the Mercedes S-Class Coupe, it gives me goosebumps in the way the old BMW 8-series did back in the 90’s. Alas, it doesn’t give me goosebumps the way the E24 6-Series still does today, but that’s ok. At least the new 8 still has the Hofmeister kink.
You know what doesn’t give me goosebumps? Every 6 since 1989.
Nice job, BMW.
“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
What is the best car for a Cannonball Run? Ah, the eternal question of car-loving criminals and outlaws, and car lovers with no criminal intent whatsoever. The conventional wisdom is not wisdom, because it is almost all based on the Cannonball Run and Gumball Rally movies. Although inspired by real events, both were comedies that glossed over the hardcore strategizing required to get dozens of cars cross-country at 100-plus mph, and to do it safely. The movies have literally nothing to teach us about the “right” car for running a Cannonball today.
Read the rest of my latest article over at The Drive…