Digging Into Self-Driving Data and More Car News This Week

Digging Into Self-Driving Data and More Car News This Week

Digging Into Self-Driving Data and More Car News This Week This week, the California DMV released the disengagement reports every self-driving developer testing in state must file to the DMV.

Bid Adieu to the A380, the World's Jumbo-est Passenger Jet

Bid Adieu to the A380, the World's Jumbo-est Passenger Jet

It even produced a study called “Trailer truck trajectory optimization: the transportation of components for the Airbus A380.” That’s just to build the thing—actually flying it required rejiggering airport infrastructure .

Americans Are Abandoning Public Transit—but Don't Blame Uber

Americans Are Abandoning Public Transit—but Don't Blame Uber

And while Uber and Lyft have grabbed headlines for convincing people to abandon transit in big cities like New York and Chicago, the TransitCenter advocates argue that the effects of those services are limited to just a few dense, urban places.

The Wretched, Climate-Killing Truth About American Sprawl

The Wretched, Climate-Killing Truth About American Sprawl

Suggestions of specific policies that would enable a Green New Deal to address land use have already emerged: We could, simply, measure greenhouse gases from our transportation system or build more housing closer to jobs centers.

Amazon's Self-Driving Bet and More Car News This Week

Amazon's Self-Driving Bet and More Car News This Week

Amazon's Self-Driving Bet and More Car News This Week Self-driving car developer Aurora bagged a $530 million Series B funding round this week, which doubled as Amazon's biggest step to date into the autonomous driving industry.

The Green New Deal's Trains and EVs Won't Work for Everyone

The Green New Deal's Trains and EVs Won't Work for Everyone

And indeed, the resolution’s transportation recommendations are sweeping: that the country invest seriously in zero-emission vehicle infrastructure and manufacturing, in “clean, affordable, and accessible” public transit, and in so much high-speed rail that air travel is no longer necessary.

NYC Now Knows More Than Ever About Your Uber and Lyft Trips

NYC Now Knows More Than Ever About Your Uber and Lyft Trips

If Uber, Lyft, Via, and Juno want to keep operating in the city, they’ll have to provide the TLC with even more finely detailed data than they do now: the date, time, and location of pickups and drop-offs (at least down to the intersection), the vehicle’s license number, the trip mileage, itemized trip fare, route (including whether the vehicle entered traffic-choked Midtown), and how much the driver was paid.

Los Angeles Is Now Offering Car Rides to Metro Stations

Los Angeles Is Now Offering Car Rides to Metro Stations

The city of Centennial, Colorado, ended a one-year pilot offering riders on-demand Lyft trips to transit in late 2017, after finding that the service cost twice as much as its old call-a-ride option and provided only about 10 trips a day.

Want to Boost Transit Ridership? Try Making Women Feel Safer

Want to Boost Transit Ridership? Try Making Women Feel Safer

And of the women who said they wouldn’t use the nearby transit option, 20 percent said they were avoiding the line for fear of harassment or for their safety—on the train, at the station, or on the walk to and from it.

Bracing for a Hazy Robo-Future, Ford and VW Join Forces

Bracing for a Hazy Robo-Future, Ford and VW Join Forces

Aurora has said that it has not ruled out working with other automotive manufacturers on self-driving cars; it also has partnerships with Hyundai and EV startup Byton.

Cities Are Tucking Climate Change Fixes Into New Laws

Cities Are Tucking Climate Change Fixes Into New Laws

“There are liberals or progressives who oppose climate change, but they definitely don’t want that multifamily apartment building to go up next to transit if it’s in their neighborhood.” That’s what Wiener says he found in his initial efforts to link development and transit in California last year.

Butt Sensors, Flying Taxis, and More This Week in Car News

Butt Sensors, Flying Taxis, and More This Week in Car News

Butt Sensors, Flying Taxis, and More This Week in Car News Bell unveiled its 6,000-pound Nexus craft at CES. The lidar company AEye's CES display came with Nerf guns.

Ford Axes its Chariot Shuttles, Proves Mobility Is Hard

Ford Axes its Chariot Shuttles, Proves Mobility Is Hard

When Chariot launched in 2014, it joined a wave of Uber-inspired "microtransit" tech companies hoping to disrupt transportation services by providing faster, more efficient options for riders sick of—and underserved by—traditional public transit.

Tesla’s Price Cut and More Car News From This Week

Tesla’s Price Cut and More Car News From This Week

Required Reading News from elsewhere on the internet In the Rearview Essential stories from WIRED’s canon Back in 2016, WIRED explored how the internet got all wrapped up in city transportation systems.

New York Has Averted a Subway Line Shutdown. Now What?

New York Has Averted a Subway Line Shutdown. Now What?

New York City's plans to dodge transit disaster during the L train shutdown included building more infrastructure for cyclists, bus riders, and walkers.

8 Things to Expect From CES, Consumer Tech's Big Shindig

8 Things to Expect From CES, Consumer Tech's Big Shindig

TV manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, LG, Toshiba, and Sharp are widely expected to show off 8K displays at CES this year; LG has even pre-announced what the company claims is the world’s first OLED 8K display.

Robocars, Elon, and More This Year in the Future of Cars

Robocars, Elon, and More This Year in the Future of Cars

Robocars, Elon, and More This Year in the Future of Cars Our review of 2018 includes usual suspects like Elon Musk, along with mathematicians willing to chat airplane peeing, clock-watching RAF pilots, and a whole lot of transportation planners.

How do we help cities breathe better? Introducing the Clean Bus Project

How do we help cities breathe better? Introducing the Clean Bus Project

A city-by-city diagnostic that compared life cycle costs and GHG emissions of technologies ranging from clean diesel (Euro VI equivalent) and compressed natural gas (CNG) to battery-electric (BEB) and hydrogen buses was completed.

Airports Cracked Uber and Lyft—Time for Cities to Take Note

Airports Cracked Uber and Lyft—Time for Cities to Take Note

At San Francisco International, companies like Uber and Lyft now account for 75 percent of commercial ground transportation, says airport spokesperson Doug Yakel.

The Pink Transit Tax: Women Spend More Than Men to Get Around NYC

The Pink Transit Tax: Women Spend More Than Men to Get Around NYC

“It got me thinking about the day-to-day issues that women face in major cities.”The survey suggests that those experiences on public transit led to many women to make a different set of transportation choices from those made by men.

Tesla's Booming Model 3 Sales and More This Week in the Future of Cars

Tesla's Booming Model 3 Sales and More This Week in the Future of Cars

The tech doesn’t exactly exist yet, but he’d like to convince city governments to give it a chance.Virgin Hyperloop OneWe spend a lot of time talking to researchers here at WIRED Transport.

Hurricane Florence: Evacuating Cities Struggle to Help Those Who Can't Drive

Hurricane Florence: Evacuating Cities Struggle to Help Those Who Can't Drive

When It's Time to Evacuate, Cities Struggle to Help Those Who Can't DriveAs Hurricane Florence bears down on the mid-Atlantic coast, emergency managers are painfully aware that not everyone in the region can drive to safety—and they're working to help them out.Randall Hill/ReutersEvery hurricane season, news reports divide the country’s coast into two camps.

Emissions Have Already Peaked in 27 Cities—And Keep Falling

Emissions Have Already Peaked in 27 Cities—And Keep Falling

The next year might be lower, but that doesn’t mean the trend will continue in the years that follow.What C40 found was that 27 of their member cities have hit that mark, meaning all sorts of initiatives—be they investment in public transport or renewable energy or green building practices—have been working.But the economies!

Lyft's Bid to Rule the Streets Now Includes Public Transit

Lyft's Bid to Rule the Streets Now Includes Public Transit

You can see where each line goes, and when the next bus or train is coming.Starting this week in Santa Monica, the Lyft app will give some users access to information about public transit, including nearby lines.

Electric future? Global push to move away from gas-powered cars

Electric future? Global push to move away from gas-powered cars

Political and business leaders gathering in San Francisco for a major climate change summit have committed to moving towards what was once a fantastical thought – the demise of the internal combustion engine in cars, trucks and other vehicles.

3 Dire Visions of the Bay Area in 2070—and 1 That's Pretty Great

3 Dire Visions of the Bay Area in 2070—and 1 That's Pretty Great

Low-income people rely on an informal economy to survive.Three: “Rust Belt West”, a place dominated by anti-business sentiment, economic decline, and social inclusion, meaning politicians and institutions work hard to support workers, the middle class, and the poor.

Uber, Tesla, Electric Scooters, and More Folks Who Made Car News This Week

Uber, Tesla, Electric Scooters, and More Folks Who Made Car News This Week

Subway stations can feel like waiting rooms you just have to tolerate, but Chan argues these are places to be examined critically and thoughtfully, too.In-house WIRED physicist Rhett Allain calculates how fast a Tesla has to move to go airborne.Tesla Graph of the WeekTranspo editor Alex Davies set aside a chunk of time to go through Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s tweets.

SF Is Bringing Back Banned Electric Scooters—With Limits

SF Is Bringing Back Banned Electric Scooters—With Limits

Each company can operate at least 625 scooters, and permits will be finalized by October 15.Skip ScootersThe scooters are back in town.Three months after ejecting the networks of shared, sidewalk-cluttering vehicles from the city, officials with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency announced today the two winners of its e-scooter pilot sweepstakes: Scoot and Skip.The city chose the companies from a crowded field of 12, which submitted a collective 800 pages in proposals on their operations, safety, and plans to extend the scooter bounty to San Francisco's neighborhoods.

Germany Has Proven the Modern Automobile Must Die

Germany Has Proven the Modern Automobile Must Die

How could developed countries tweak their automobile policies to solve climate change?For Germany to meet emissions targets, “half of the people who now use their cars alone would have to switch to bicycles, public transport, or ride-sharing,” Heinrich Strößenreuther, a Berlin-based consultant for mobility strategies told YaleEnvironment360's Christian Schwägerl last fall.