Welcome to Must Read, where we single out the best stories from around the automotive universe and beyond. Today we've got reports from US News & World Report, Jacobin, Autocar, and Racer.
Experts: Accident Would Shut Down Google's Driverless Car Experiment – U.S. News & World Report
The understatement of the day.
"If in this early stage of development, the Google car kills a child, it will shut the robotic car industry down and might have an effect on the air as well," she said. "No technology is every 100 percent perfect. The public is not comfortable with machines taking over our lives. I think if in the next few years someone is killed by a driverless car, it would be a setback for the community."
Imported From Detroit – Jacobin
A rough, but telling look at how Chrysler's resurgence isn't necessarily America's resurgence, no matter what they say.
Olivier François is a storyteller. We love his stories. A modern-day de Tocqueville, he has come to America to tell us about hard work and sacrifice, about revival, about a new American century. He also tells us to buy Chrysler cars.
This predated Must Read, but it's worth noting even if Stirling Moss' sexist comment is in the past.
I can assure anyone that not once have I ever gotten into a racecar and thought, “My life is at risk.” OK, I'm not driving F1 cars but, come on, the “risk” is something all racers marry from the moment they decide to take their racing career seriously. And so, despite having the utmost respect for Sir Stirling's amazing achievements in the cockpit, his comments regarding women racers are utterly ridiculous, offensive and have more than a hint of ignorance. While Moss is absolutely correct in saying it takes mental strength to be a racing driver, his comments basically state that female drivers aren't equipped to deal with this.
Don't we all.
"When you buy a Ferrari you buy a dream, and customers must be reassured that we will preserve that dream," said di Montezemolo. "We will slow down our manufacturing pace accordingly.
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