Jason Torchinsky
Senior Editor, Jalopnik • Running: 1973 VW Beetle, 2006 Scion xB, 1990 Nissan Pao, 1991 Yugo GV Plus, 2020 Changli EV • Not-so-running: 1977 Dodge Tioga RV (also, buy my book!: https://rb.gy/udnqhh)
Jan 14

This IS having vision—failover is a huge part of AV and I literally just envisioned a possible solution, or at least a start. As far as handing over all driving to the “most advanced” systems from Tesla, GM, etc, we’d be boned, at least right now. There’s been plenty of mis-used Autopilot wrecks. Read more

Jan 14

Redundancy is great, but there’s still so many use cases where things can fail. Also, how well do you think these systems will be maintained by average owners, even fleet owners? There’s always points of failure, and without a robust failover solution, you can never sleep or or read or work or use your phone or have a Read more

Jan 14

I jammed a Vanagon and a Golf together and stuck a lidar dome on top for a quick and very dirty futuro-AV:

Jan 14

Because systems that do most of the work--like Autopilot or any L2 system--makes drivers less attentive, and that’s why we get accidents without safe failover. There’s been many, many studies about this, starting with Mackworth’s 1948 study of vigilance tasks: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1080/17470214808416738

Jan 14

No, man, this setup uses cheap-ass, non-complex systems! Those posts are a trip sensor with like a cell-phone level computer on them! This isn’t complex!

Jan 12

The requirement that the driver be ready to take over any moment is by far the biggest problem here. If you can’t sleep in an AV, what the hell good is it?

Jan 8

The word you’re looking for is chiaroscuro. Like a Caravaggio. Who was widely considered the best cart repair technical manual painter of his day.

Jan 6


Dec 28

Motherfucker, PLEASE. The book isn’t anti-autonomous cars at all. I fucking WISH writing anti-Tesla articles made one tiny bit of difference on book sales. It doesn’t. And I’m not anti-Tesla. But if this is your reaction to this story, perhaps you should seek out your clergyperson or a trusted relative. Maybe a Read more

Dec 23

Oh yeah, the desk! I love the desk. I’ll take a slide-out desk over lane-keeping assist any day.

Dec 22

“Full Self-Driving” and “pay extra attention to the road” and “do not become complacent” are all there in that first paragraph on the screen and they are statements in conflict with one another. You shouldn’t be able to call something full self-driving if you immediately have to say to pay extra attention to the road Read more

Dec 22

You’re completely missing the point. It’s great you use the L2 system well and responisbly! Fantastic! That’s great. But the system is being marketed as more than it is, and the need to be vigilant is consistently downplayed. Tesla’s own video shows hands off the wheel. Failover/handoff can’t just be assumed away. If Read more