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Jason Torchinsky, Robot Take the Wheel: The Road to Autonomous Cars and the Lost Art of Driving

Saturday, August 3   |   2:00 pm

From the star of the YouTube sensation Jason Drives, the senior editor of the acclaimed website Jalopnik, and a producer of Jay Leno’s Garage comes the wittiest and most insightful guide yet to self-driving cars 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 Volvos, 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, famed automotive expert Jason Torchinsky gives a colorful account of the development of autonomous vehicles and their likely implications. Torchinsky encourages us to think of self-driving cars as an entirely new machine, something beyond cars as we understand them today. He 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 trick them and 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 brims with insider information. It explores what’s ahead and considers what we can do now to shape the automated future.

Jason Torchinsky is the senior editor of Jalopnik, a cutting-edge news and opinion website about cars and technology, and has written for a wealth of other publications such as Boing Boing, Make, and Mother Jones. Torchinsky is a producer of Jay Leno’s Garage, which he’s guest starred on, and the star of his own show, Jason Drives, which features Torchinsky driving obscure cars and has had millions of views on social media. Torchinsky is also a stand-up comedian, an artist whose work has exhibited around the world, and the coauthor of Ad Nauseam. Torchinsky lives in Chapel Hill, NC.