In Defense of Tesla’s Autopilot, Part 1

8 Jul

Tesla Autopilot Accident

Before Joshua Brown was killed in his Tesla Model S while watching a movie on Autopilot, I had a conversation with my friend, Comms. “The first person to kill someone in a Tesla on Autopilot,” Comms said, “is going to be responsible for 340,000 deaths.”

Comms is an old friend working in communications for a major automotive manufacturer. He’d just spent an hour failing to convince me Elon Musk was the modern Preston Tucker, but I couldn’t argue with his newest line of reasoning.

“Nonsense,” I said. “It’s great. I know its limitations.” Continue reading

Alex Roy’s Digest 5.6.16.3: More Tesla Crash, Internet of S**t, America’s Cup

6 May

Tesla Crash

Five German teens amazingly survived this devastating Tesla crash in Pullach, Germany. The Models S pictures are incredible, but not as incredible as how well the car’s crash structure protected them.

The America’s Cup is cool, and in New York, and will be facing some tough conditions.

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Alex Roy’s Digest 5.5.16: Tesla Crash, Sex, Idiots, Rail, CDL

5 May

 

Tesla Crash

Hooning a Model S? Looks like five German kids who survived this Tesla crash got off lucky. I wonder what would have happened in my E39 BMW Polizei M5.

Authorities are worried that sex behind the “wheel” in Self-Driving Cars is dangerous. Which makes no sense.

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My Tesla Model S P90D Ludicrous Quick Review

29 Apr

Alex Roy Tesla Model S P90D Ludicrous review

The Tesla Model S P90D Ludicrous is the perfect car. Except for the interior. And the electronic glitches everyone says are inevitable. And the GPS that’s always lying. OK, maybe it isn’t perfect, but it exists in a different and better universe than everything else.

To what, then, does one compare it? It’s a $120,000+ electric sedan with the acceleration of a new Porsche 911 Turbo S, the range of a mercilessly flogged 1977 Mercedes 450 SEL 6.9, and the interior of a 1990 Lexus LS400 that’s been converted for taxi use. It’s a surreal package of supercar performance and price-point engineering for a luxury price point. It’s a work of genius that forcibly redefines how cars are classified.

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How The Tesla Model S P90D Ludicrous Proves Tesla Is the New Apple

26 Apr

Alex Roy Tesla Model S

Writing a Tesla Model S P90D Ludicrous review is a waste of time. The car is amazing: 762 horsepower; 0-60 in 2.8 seconds; 270 miles of range. The world’s best electric powertrain and autonomous driving features. Sure, the interior could be better, and reliability issues persist. But owners don’t seem to care, and I loved the thing.

Now, let’s review what you really get for $120,000+, which is the idea of owning a Tesla—which is really, then, the idea of Tesla itself.

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How Far Will A Tesla Drive Itself? Let’s Find Out The Hard Way. LIVE.

10 Apr

Tesla Cannonball

How Far Will A Tesla Drive Itself? One Tesla Model S P90D Ludicrous, one driver, 694 miles. Bad weather. Autonomous Driving & EV tech pushed to the limit. A shortcut I’ve been told not to take. What could go wrong?

What records could possibly be set? Safely?

Check in throughout the day at The/Drive‘s via Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or Twitter for LIVE updates as we brave the storm. Details to follow Monday, 4/11/16. #ManhattanToMotorCity everywhere…

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 Tesla’s Autopilot 7.1 REALLY Means…

11 Jan

Alex Roy What Autopilot 7.1 Really Means...

Weekends are terrible times for press releases. Everyone knows you want to roll out big news early in the week. Friday is bad. Saturday worse. Sunday is basically saying you don’t want anyone to see what you’ve got, but sometimes you just have to do it.

Which brings us to Tesla’s release of Autopilot 7.1—on a Saturday.

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What Is Qualcomm Trying To Tell Us With This Back To The Future Joke?

7 Sep

Oh, Qualcomm. It’s so nice to see a major player with an interest in Autonomous Driving attempt to educate the public by tweeting about “The Car of the Future.” But what is the real message behind a cute little GIF that depicts not a car of the future, but a car that is basically here now?

Let’s dissect this little GIF. Continue reading