Alex Roy Digest 5.9.16.2: FBI, Amazon Echo, OnStar, Spies, Facebook

9 May

FBI

I’ll let the above tweet from Matt Novak speak for itself. Now imagine you own a car with OnStar, or ANY with voice recognition, ESPECIALLY if it was made in the last 24 months. Do you really believe there is NO chance someone is listening to your in-car conversations? Really?

The Americans. As in the show. Actually happened. The day we discovered our parents were Russian spies.

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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

What Is The World’s Best Fourth Car?

3 Feb

fourthcar

Bahaaaaaah, the French. I mean, the English. Yes, the English have always been celebrated for making the world’s best Fourth Cars. There is an English manufacturer named Morgan, inspired almost exclusively by the desire to make “Fourth Cars.” They’re ash-framed and, like the best English cars, deliver vintage styling, so Morgan —

Wait, what is a Fourth Car, you ask? Allow me to to explain in one of my most popular pieces back from my days at Jalopnik from the summer of 2015.

What % of Owners Know Porsche/Audi Diesels Are Made By VW?

2 Nov

Alex Roy's LiveDriveRepeat

What % of Porsche/Audi Diesel owners do you think actually know that their engines are made by VW? This little article on Jalopnik suggests that they may want to know. If they don’t know already, I bet they’ll be receiving a letter soon. Continue reading

Is Doug DeMuro Trolling Us?

27 Oct

Alex Roy's LiveDriveRepeat

Is Doug Demuro trolling us? Piling on Tesla after last weeks downgrade by Consumer Reports would just be too easy, even for Doug. On the other hand, if he’d seen the license plate of the Tesla I drove cross-country, it would merely feed the logic used in his latest rant. Read his latest article on Jalopnik and decide for yourself. Continue reading

I Join The Experts on EV Cannonballing To Set Two New Records

26 Oct

Alex Roy's LiveDriveRepeat

Two Sundays ago I was invited by EV Cannonball Record holders Carl Reese & Deena Mastracci to a little place called the Portofino Inn. This was the finish line for several of the infamous Cannonball Runs. On October 18th, 2015, it would become the start line of something new.  Continue reading

An Autonomous Winter Is Coming For Car Manufacturers

15 Oct

Alex Roy's LiveDriveRepeat

Winter is coming for car manufacturers. An Autonomous Winter, without end. If you’ve seen what Tesla is doing with Autopilot, and all they plan to do with it, you’ve already seen the future. Now it’s up to automakers to figure out what they want to be in this new world as quickly as possible.

Check out my new piece on the future of Autonomous Cars over at Jalopnik