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The War For Autonomous Driving, Part Deux: The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class The War For Autonomous Driving, Part Deux: The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

What follows is a full review, as promised, of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), including the new Drive Pilot feature and what Mercedes calls “semi-automated” driving features. This is a follow-up to my original and disputed comparison of this technology suite to Tesla’s…

What's The Craziest Thing You've Ever Read In A Car's Instruction Manual? What's The Craziest Thing You've Ever Read In A Car's Instruction Manual?

I’ve just read the instruction manual for the 2017 Mercedes E-Class. It’s an epic document, over 400 pages, and I’m glad I did. I’d never read a car manual before. I learned so much, I read it twice...

Why I Plan to Reassess the Mercedes-Benz DrivePilot System... Why I Plan to Reassess the Mercedes-Benz DrivePilot System...

I’ll give Mercedes-Benz credit: I didn’t expect to hear from them after my recent story comparing their DrivePilot to Tesla’s Autopilot. I took a flamethrower to Stuttgart’s latest semi-autonomous driving technology, calling it a disaster—and, worse, potentially unsafe. In a world where manufacturers regularly attempt…

It's Not Just Tesla Autopilot—Everything Is in Beta It's Not Just Tesla Autopilot—Everything Is in Beta

I remember my first real girlfriend. We were eleven; promises were made. My first car? I was going to keep it forever. My parents were together, until they weren’t. I remember the girl I wanted to marry—the first girl and the third. I remember my father’s voice from the next room. Then on an answering machine, which…

Why The FTC SHOULD Investigate Mercedes' 'Misleading' Self-Driving Car Ads Why The FTC SHOULD Investigate Mercedes' 'Misleading' Self-Driving Car Ads

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-class may be amazing, but it is not a self-driving car. Not even close. But their early ads say it is, in exactly that language. This is how people get killed, and now Consumer Reports is rightfully calling on the FTC to investigate what they call a “misleading” campaign.

The War For Autonomous Driving: 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class VS. 2017 Tesla Model S The War For Autonomous Driving: 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class VS. 2017 Tesla Model S

Looking for a comparison of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the 2016 Tesla Model S? This is not that. Both are brilliant, gorgeous cars—best-of-breed luxury sedans in the war between internal combustion and electricity—but who cares?

Can The Vanderhall Laguna Cure Automotive Cancer? Can The Vanderhall Laguna Cure Automotive Cancer?

It’s cancer,” said Mr. Sardonic, “with a key.”

Tesla Is Right. Consumer Reports is Wrong. And Trying To Kill You. Tesla Is Right. Consumer Reports is Wrong. And Trying To Kill You.

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…

The Open Secret Behind The Tesla AutoPilot Crash The Open Secret Behind The Tesla AutoPilot Crash

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.”

Can George Hotz “Win” Self-Driving Cars? Can George Hotz “Win” Self-Driving Cars?

“Hotz wants two,” said The Spaniard, my new spy friend. I knew he was a spy. He knew I knew. I knew he knew I knew. But I knew he knew I knew first, so he respected me, and now I had a friend with more technical knowledge of Autonomous Driving than I, which made us the perfect duo to walk and talk our way through the…

George Hotz and The World's First Autonomous Track Day George Hotz and The World's First Autonomous Track Day

There’s no fucking way this can work, I said under my breath.

Polizei Report 003: Make Rallies GR8 Again, Tesla Summon “Accident” JUST As I Thought, Morgan Mugging Update, Taking on Uber/Lyft in D.C. Polizei Report 003: Make Rallies GR8 Again, Tesla Summon “Accident” JUST As I Thought, Morgan Mugging Update, Taking on Uber/Lyft in D.C.

When I said “Make Rallies Great Again” I didn’t mean go out and put Donald Trump’s likeness on your Aventador and get pulled over by The White House. But that’s exactly what happened to my good friends on theGoldRush Rally. How amateur. Hilarious, but amateur. (Photo Credit: Jason Thorgalson)

Polizei Report 002: More Flying Cars, Even More Flying Cars, Tesla Model S Hack Polizei Report 002: More Flying Cars, Even More Flying Cars, Tesla Model S Hack

I love SkyCar_Jack so much. He’s Marketing Director for Moller International, which should be called the Flying Car Company but isn’t. He’s got a great sense of humor. Here he tweets that flying cars “are coming this decade...pending government approvals.”

Team Polizei 144 Blog Migration To The/Drive Begins... Team Polizei 144 Blog Migration To The/Drive Begins...

I’m migrating my blog posts over to The/Drive, which means...I’m migrating my blog posts over to The/Drive. I’ll post links here as necessary.

How My Morgan 3-Wheeler Stopped A Mugging How My Morgan 3-Wheeler Stopped A Mugging

I once thought The Karate Kid was nonsense. Paint the fence. Sand the floor. Wax on, wax off. Daniel-san thinks his time is being wasted, only to learn that mastering chores is the key to earning a Black Belt. A good movie, but it’s pretty clear that in real life the only way Daniel-san was leaving the All-Valley…

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