Alex Roy’s Digest 5.6.16: Alfa Romeo Team Polizia, GM, Lyft, TVR, Tesla, Iran

6 May

Alfa Romeo Team Polizia 144

Team Polizei? Meet Alfa Romeo Team Polizia 144.

Iran Bans Chevy imports, criticizes rich kids. Does that mean the Gumball 3000 won’t be going there anytime soon?

Lyft Will Pick You Up In Self-Driving Electric Cars Within A Year. Funny thing is, I can do that now. With a Tesla. If I had one.

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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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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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Do You Love Your Kids? Branding, VW & The Forgotten Recaro Recall.

23 Sep

Alex Roy's LiveDriveRepeat - Recaro Recalls Baby Seats

All this VW talk has completely clouded the fact that recalls happen all the time. Unless you’re the original owner of anything you buy, it’s unlikely you’ll receive the traditional snail mail notification that might save your life. In this case, your child’s. Maybe, if the recall is big enough, you might even hear about it in the news. Trust me. If you’re the company doing the recalling, it’s best if no one other than current owners of your product finds out. Sooooo, Recaro – yes, that Recaro – really lucked out last week.

The spirit of Nostradamus must have shone upon Recaro, because they announced their recall of 173,000 child safety seats on September 15th, to very little fanfare. The VW Scandal broke on the 18th, and what little coverage Recaro got over the weekend was swamped by VW’s public collapse on the 21st.

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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