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Autonomy

The Quest to Build the Driverless Car - and How It Will Reshape Our World
Narrated by: George Newbern
Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Technology
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Summary

A deep dive into the race to develop and perfect the driverless car - an innovation that promises to be the most disruptive change to our way of life since the smartphone - by a veteran insider of the automotive and tech worlds.

In Autonomy, former GM executive and current advisor to the Google self-driving car project Lawrence Burns offers a sweeping history of the race to make the driverless car a reality. In the past decade, Silicon Valley companies like Google, Tesla, and Uber have positioned themselves to revolutionize the way we move around by developing driverless vehicles while traditional auto companies like General Motors, Ford, and Daimler have been fighting back by partnering by with new tech start-ups. It’s not a question of whether the self-driving car will disrupt the automobile industry; it’s a question of when and how, and who will win the race.

With the first driverless car likely to hit markets in less than five years, Burns also looks toward the future and explains how this new technology will impact our lives - from removing the hassles of driving, parking, and refueling our cars to eliminating 90 percent of road fatalities, drastically reducing our carbon footprint, and automating yet another segment of blue-collar industries, putting more workers out of their jobs.

We are on the brink of a technological revolution that promises to fundamentally change how we interact with our world. A chronicle of the past, diagnosis of the present, and prediction of the future, Autonomy is the ultimate guide to understanding the driverless car and to navigating the revolution it sparks.

©2018 Lawrence D. Burns (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • James S.
  • 14-09-18

Easy listen, non-technical perspective

It seems to be a fairly even-handed history and analysis of autonomous automobiles, though not complete. Lacking any technical details, which could be good or bad depending on your taste. Also lacks details regarding the extent of entrenchment in old ways of doing business in Detroit.

Can't expect everything from someone writing about a rapidly-evolving technology. I'm just happy someone from the inside took the initiative to write about the current state of affairs for autonomous vehicles.

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  • Todayistheday
  • 13-11-19

Awesome, engaging telling of SDC history

Great story! There's a ton of information, but the author ties all the people and efforts together nicely. The narration is pleasant, but there are sections where entire paragraphs are repeated, the narrators' mistakes or throat-clearing are left in, and sentences are repeated. This isn't frequent enough to be a big problem, but it's weird that the editing is so poor.

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  • R. Parthasarathy
  • 03-04-19

great primer on the history of autonomous cars

Quick and engrossing listen on the history of autonomous car development. While much I to come, the book sets it up nicely for a future of clean cars and safe roads.

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  • Roger
  • 31-03-19

Important Emerging Technology

Most people do not realize how advanced, real, and immediate self-driving cars are. This book will bring you up to speed on this important technology.

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  • john
  • 06-03-19

Great for anyone interested in future of transport

the audio book is fast Pace with a great listening speed. the book itself is full of sound reasoning and economic grounding as to why autonomous vehicle are the way of the future.

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  • Matt
  • 06-03-19

Kind of interesting, kind of boring, lots of edits

The subject matter is very interesting, but I guess a book like this can't be truly successful until the technology is actually finished. This audio book probably has the most amount of audio edits added in at a different time than any other book I've listened to. You can tell because the voice level doesn't match that well.

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  • Jim Fuqua
  • 18-01-19

Change is closer than you think.

We owe a lot to a few in the development of vehicles that will save the lives of over a 100,000 people a year and vehicles that confine millions more to mindless commutes. This book names names and tells about the journey to the future which is very near.

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  • James
  • 18-12-18

Relevant to ALL of us

A very good historical recollection from a Detroit insider who recapped how we got here and where we are going.

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  • J. Madden
  • 16-12-18

Excellent and thought provoking.

This is a fantastic story of disruption, perseverance, and the desire to progress for the betterment of humanity. We'll work the listen.

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  • Albert Joseph Izzo, Jr.
  • 15-12-18

a great read...

Very informative. the best book about autonomous vehicles I have read so far. highly recommended!