DELRAY BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (April 1, 2019) — A West Delray Beach company operating from a nondescript $1.3M home near Lyons Road and Clint Moore is preparing to unveil what its principals call “the most revolutionary universal update to autonomous cars” this year.
Called JTTW, or “Jesus Take The Wheel” mode, developers Ari Glassman and Joseph Birmingham say that their system permits that faithful to put more faith in their self-driving cars than ever before.
“It’s really simple to operate,” said Glassman. “You’re driving along in your electric car and decide that you have better things to do. Maybe you need to make a phone call. Maybe you need to read a report before work. Maybe you need to touch up your makeup. It used to be that you would activate the car’s autonomous system by pushing buttons or setting speed controls. But no more. Now all you have to do is say ‘Jesus Take The Wheel’ and — just like that — your car is driving by itself.”
“This is spectacular,” added Birmingham. “I prayed multiple times looking for a way to make my red Tesla better than it already was, and this was it.”
According to Birmingham, it was a bizarre confluence of events that led to JTTW.
“I was driving on Lyons Road, longing for the days of open fields before paradise was paved. A slow moving tractor suddenly pulled in front of my Tesla, just as Carrie Underwood’s song ‘Jesus Take The Wheel’ started playing on The Highway on Sirius/XM.”
Birmingham’s eyes start to tear as he continues with the story.
“My car wouldn’t slow down and the tractor — being driven by a guy on a cell phone paying no attention — was being erratic. I thought I was going to die.”
Birmingham’s tears are now flowing. His partner, Ari Glassman, softly whispers “It’s okay, Joseph. Tell the story.”
“So I started singing with Carrie Underwood on the radio,” continues Birmingham. “Jesus take the wheel. And just like that, the tractor turned right into what I believe is going to be ‘Eight Bridges’ and I was again safe. I knew right then and there what had to be done.”
Birmingham got home and told Glassman what had happened. The two immediately got to work — coding the Jesus Take The Wheel infrastructure that they believe will change the way self-driving cars are driven. They claim the software has been purchased already by major autonomous car makers and will be offered as a downloadable update later this year. They are continuing testing right now in several communities along Lyons Road between Clint Moore and Atlantic because “all these flashy people from New York and New Jersey moved here and purchased Teslas,” said Glassman. “Other people look at them, shake their heads and say ‘Oh My God.’ It seems like our software is perfect for this crowd.”
“And,” adds Glassman, “we’re working on an emergency mode. It’s JTTWN, or Jesus Take The Wheel NOW. When successful, the command is followed by the sound of angels singing. It eliminates the uncertainty that often follows a request being made to Jesus.”
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