Lost in the storm of VW news, the FCA confession and the Ford Windstar recall is even bigger news re: the future of the car sector: Google’s Sergey Brin said that they’re now open(!) to self-driving cars that can be driven manually. This is a complete reversal of Google’s previous position on Autonomous cars, and the ramifications are enormous.
The last time Google took an official position on this was earlier this year, when they unveiled a prototype lacking a steering wheel and gas or brake pedals. Continue reading
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
The following is excerpted from my Jalopnik piece: “How Science Fiction Failed Us: The Real Future of Autonomous Cars.”
The Autonomotive Singularity is the idea that human input is the weakest link in the transportation chain, manifested to its logical end. It is Uber meets Skynet. It is the sun around which every digital automotive “advancement” currently orbits. Continue reading
Come see my upcoming talk “Vigilante of The Human Driver,” Saturday, October 3rd, in Manchester Center, VT, as part of TEDx Battenkill. The theme? “Vigilantes of Extinction.”
Inspired by and from feedback to my recent Jalopnik article “How Science Fiction Failed Us: The Real Future of Autonomous Cars,” I’ll be discussing car culture from the Automotive Singularity through the Autonomotive, the fate of human-driven vehicles and the unintended consequences of AD on society, good and bad. Continue reading
Elon Musk believes in it. So does Uber’s Travis Kalanick. The Autonomotive Singularity is inevitable. It is the enemy of enthusiast car culture as it stands, but only as we know it. If we come to understand it, it might just be the best thing ever for car enthusiasts. Might. If you truly love driving, you need to understand the Autonomotive Singularity, and that means you have to stop ignoring it and accept it. Continue reading