“With Alex Davies' superb book, we learn that autonomous cars are far from driverless: the amazing effort to produce them has been directed by a cast of brilliant, and sometimes flawed human beings, all of whom are compellingly rendered in this illuminating and important narrative. Read Driven, preferably not while behind the wheel.”
– Steven Levy, author of Hackers and Facebook: The Inside Story
"In Driven, Business Insider senior editor Alex Davies tells the dramatic, colorful story of the quest to develop driverless cars—and the fierce competition among Google, Uber, and other tech and auto giants in the race to revolutionize our lives."
“A highly readable and engaging narrative that showcases the brilliant, passionate and intensively competitive group of innovators who shepherded the self-driving car from its origins at the DARPA Grand Challenge and then set out to build an entirely new industry that would race toward making the technology a reality.”
– Martin Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Rise of the Robots and Architects of Intelligence
“An epic tale of competition and comradery, long odds and underdogs, all in service of a world-changing moonshot. Driven is the The Right Stuff for robotic cars.”
– Andy Greenberg, author of Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin's Most Dangerous Hackers and This Machine Kills Secrets
“The autonomous car has become a fixture of every conversation we seem to have about the future of transit. Alex Davies’ illuminating — and surprisingly fun — new book Driven connects the key events of the last two decades, from a wild contest thrown by DARPA in the desert to the halls of Silicon Valley’s disruption-crazed tech giants, to show us exactly why we’re talking that way.”
– Brian Merchant, author of The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone
"The author’s excitement for his subject translates vividly across pages of racing details and participants’ blueprints for success. . . . A timely, focused, and thorough examination of a global engineering marvel that is very much still in the works."
– Kirkus Reviews
“A fast-paced, scandal-laced story of the people and ideas that animate the history of autonomous vehicles. . . . A powerful fable of technological hubris.”