Andrew Farah, General Motors' technology chief for autonomous vehicles, knew just enough about comedian Chevy Chase to win a prize on behalf of a contestant on the "Not My Job" segment of NPR's "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me" quiz show — including which put-down Johnny Carson used to dismiss the idea of Chase as his successor ("He couldn't ad-lib a fart after a baked-bean dinner.")
While bantering with show host Peter Sagal during the Detroit taping this month, the former chief engineer for the Chevy Volt proved he has some ad-lib skills of his own:
Sagal: [Electric-vehicle range anxiety] sounds like a psychological problem more than anything else. Can you come up with a pill to give people who are worried about what's going to happen when they, you know, plan to spend a weekend with their car?
Farah: Well, we did. The pill for range anxiety's a bigger battery. It's just awfully big to swallow.
Sagal: How worried are you about the fleet of autonomous vehicles becoming self-aware and killing us all?
Farah: I know where the fuses are.
Sagal: Do your autonomous cars have voices, like Siri or other electronic things? Because I was wondering if you've thought about ... what voice people want to hear.
Farah: Are you auditioning for the job?