Robot, Take the Wheel: The Road to Autonomous Cars and the Lost Art of Driving (Paperback)

Robot, Take the Wheel: The Road to Autonomous Cars and the Lost Art of Driving By Jason Torchinsky, Beau Boeckmann (Foreword by) Cover Image

Robot, Take the Wheel: The Road to Autonomous Cars and the Lost Art of Driving (Paperback)

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From famed automotive journalist Jason Torchinsky comes a witty insider's guide to self-driving cars, the automated future, and the road ahead.

Self-driving cars sound fantastical and futuristic and yet they'll soon be on every street in America. Whether it's Tesla's Autopilot, Google's Waymo, Mercedes's Distronic, or Uber's modified Volvo, companies around the world are developing autonomous cars. But why? And what will they mean for the auto industry and humanity at large?

In Robot, Take the Wheel, Torchinsky, cofounder of The Autopian and former senior editor of Jalopnik, star of Jason Drives, and producer of Jay Leno's Garage, gives a colorful account of the development of autonomous vehicles and considers their likely implications. He encourages us to think of self-driving cars as an entirely new machine, something beyond cars as we understand them today, and considers how humans will get along with these robots that will take over our cars' jobs, what they will look like, what sorts of jobs they may do, what we can expect of them, how they should act, ethically, how we can have fun with them, and how we can make sure there's still a place for those of us who love to drive, especially with a manual transmission.

This vibrant volume brimming with insider knowledge, humor, and original artwork pushes us to reconsider our understanding of cars, raises fascinating ethical questions, and compels us to act now to shape the automated future.

Jason Torchinsky is the cofounder of The Autopian and one of today's leading writers on cars and technology. Previously, he was senior editor of Jalopnik, a producer of Jay Leno's Garage, which he's guest starred on, and the star of his own show, Jason Drives, which featured Torchinsky driving obscure cars and has had millions of views on social media. He is also the coauthor Ad Nauseam, has contributed to a wealth of publications, such as Boing Boing, Make, and Mother Jones, and is a stand-up comedian and an artist whose work has exhibited around the world. Torchinsky lives in Chapel Hill, NC.Beau Boeckmann is president and COO of Galpin Motors, America's most recognized dealership group and home of the highest volume Ford dealer in the world. In 2006 Boeckmann founded Galpin Auto Sports, which led to a starring role and production title on the #1 rated automotive television show, Pimp My Ride. Boeckmann has been honored with several industry awards including the Peterson Automotive Museum's first Visionary Award and was inducted into the National Rod & Custom Car Hall of Fame. Boeckmann serves as a key member of Ford Motor Company's Product Committee, Aston Martin's Dealer Advisory Panel, and the Ford Dealers Advertising Association. He lives in Los Angeles, CA.
Product Details ISBN: 9781948062978
ISBN-10: 1948062976
Publisher: Apollo Publishers
Publication Date: August 23rd, 2022
Pages: 244
Language: English