Ed Snowden Loves Self-Driving Cars, Hates Privacy

12 May

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If Ed Snowden wants to protect privacy and civil liberties, then he’s got some explaining to do re: his remarks on Self-Driving Cars. Yesterday he tweeted the following: Continue reading

Alex Roy’s Digest: 5.5.16.2: Charging, Gumball 3000, Ford, Tesla, Porsche, Satan

5 May

Gumball 3000

I was arrested, then kidnapped during the Gumball 3000. How amateur. Actually, wait. I was too. Once. Article coming.

A map of Electric Vehicle charging sites from 1914. Thanks, pluginsites.

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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 On What The Ford/Google Driverless Partnership REALLY Means

22 Dec

Alex Roy On What The Ford/Google Driverless Partnership Really Means

It has begun. Ford and Google will partner to build Driverless Cars, according to sources. I must be Nostradamus. Just last week I explained “How Car Companies Can Survive The Self-Driving Car Apocalypse,” and now Ford has allegedly done precisely what I suggested OEM’s need to do to ensure their survival. Ford, as the first American OEM to partner with Google, has now gained a temporary but Brobdingnagian advantage over every other legacy OEM on the planet.

Yes, Brobdingnagian. On the scale of size, that’s bigger than big, massive or colossal.

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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