Consumer Reports is trying to kill you. It’s true: The non-profit my parents trusted for advice on washing machines, coffee makers and sunscreen has crossed the line. CR, an organization claiming to serve consumers through unbiased product testing has chosen to enter the debate over Tesla’s Autopilot in the most ill-informed and irresponsible way possible. In doing so, the brand is putting additional lives at risk.
No company has done more to bring autonomous driving (AD) to market than Tesla, and yet they are now the target of a misinformation campaign rapidly coalescing around a single message: Tesla Autopilot is dangerous.
This is nonsense.
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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
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.
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.
The Chevy Jolt is the Tesla Model 3 competitor GM should build, if only it wasn’t a hoax. Our friends at electrek just found this brilliant hoax page that looks just like the real thing (except for the typos), and lays out precisely how GM could own Tesla:
An all-electric sports car offering an estimated 230 miles of range per charge for an affordable price is finally here. Designed utilizing Chevrolet’s new EV platform from the ground up, the Jolt EV delivers: from the sport sculpted proportions to its distinctive technology, efficiency and performance are combined to make driving the Jolt EV an experience like never before.
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?
The Gumpert Apollo may disappoint, but the Gumball 3000 never does.
Speaking of the Gumball 3000, Chris Harris really stepped into the line of fire with his anti-Gumball 3000 tweet, and boy did things get nasty when rapper Bun B shot back. Harris’ Instagram is now filled with foul language…or worse.
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