Alex Davies

in conversation with Aarian Marshall

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Alex DaviesDriven: The Race to Create the Autonomous Car tells the dramatic, colorful story of the quest to develop driverless cars—and the fierce competition between Google, Uber, and other companies in a race to revolutionize our lives.

Alex is a senior editor at Business Insider, where he oversees the transportation coverage. He was formerly an editor at WIRED, where he launched the transportation section in 2016. Along with autonomous vehicles, he has covered everything from designing bike lanes to electric aviation to the quest to rebuild American infrastructure. Mr. Davies has written features about how General Motors beat Tesla in the race to build the affordable, long-range electric car, the nascent flying car industry, and X, Alphabet’s “moonshot factory.” A New Yorker by birth, Mr. Davies has lived in California’s Bay Area since 2014.

Aarian Marshall is a staff writer at WIRED covering the business of moving people and things. Before WIRED, Marshall wrote for The Atlantic’s CityLab, GOOD, and Agri-Pulse, an agriculture trade publication. She’s based in Washington, DC.

“Like its subject, [Driven] gains speed and momentum as it gets going. The result is a skillfully chronicled work on a timely topic.”

– Publishers Weekly

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    Who was your favorite person to interview or research while writing this book?

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    What was the research process like for this book? how long did it take to write?

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    Who are some of your favorite authors, whether fiction or non-fiction, and have they influenced your writing?

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    What kind of authorial voice do you have? did you want the book to be objective or very much from your POV?

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    What has the political impact been of uber and lyft type services? do you talk about prop 22 in your book?

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    Was there anything that especially surprised you as you were researching the book?

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    Elon Musk famously (or infamously) said that anyone relying on LiDAR technology, that takes 3d photos, was doomed. Tesla’s vehicles use 2D camera imaging. Per your research in writing this book, what do you think will be winner in the LiDAR vs 2d-camera wars?

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    What made you so interested in transportation and this idea of the autonomous car? Has this been a lifelong passion of yours?

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    What has inspired you to write a book about Autonomous Vehicles?

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    Is the time AM or PM?

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    Have you always been a writer? What drew you to the field you are in?

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    What is the last thing you saw or read that moved you?

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    What inspired you to write “Driven”, especially as a novel?

Alex Davies in conversation with Aarian Marshall

Wednesday, January 6th, 2021

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