"Don’t get me wrong. I think self-driving cars will be one of this century’s greatest technical achievements. But I am just astounded at how little work has been done by the companies planning to populate our streets with two-ton vehicles being controlled by software but little testing."
Surprised me, but then I'm never going to drive one.
Rolls Royce related: "The $500,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom is a monument to an era of extreme luxury".
Blind spot monitoring seems to be one.
3. It costs a fortune to buy one — and another fortune to FIX one.
The article is skeptical, properly I think, of the "path dependence" explanation. (Across five generations of car buyers?) But this makes a lot of sense to me because I recently did a similar thing:
Desai speaks from experience. A few years ago, he decided to buy a Lexus. The process was short and sweet: he went online, found a price reference, called up a dealer and made an offer. Sure, with a little more time and cunning, the professor could have lowballed the salesperson and gotten himself a sweeter deal. But he says he opted for the simpler approach.
One surprise for me: Lexus was 28th lowest out of 30.
Maybe this happens at Jiffy Lube only once in a several hundred million times, but . . . it's not good.
I'd heard--but probably wouldn't have been able to define--about half of these.