A Fatal Tesla Autopilot Crash, Rising Methane Levels, and More News

In March, a Tesla on Autopilot hit a truck on the highway, sheering off the roof of the car and killing the driver.Andrei Stanescu/Alamy
A cruise in a self-driving Tesla turned deadly, the air taxi of the future has taken flight, and climate change is speeding up. Here's the news you need to know , in two minutes or less.

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A new report on a fatal Tesla crash looks grim

A new report from the National Transportation Safety Board reveals that a Tesla crash in March marked the fourth person to die in an Autopilot-related incident . The car hit a truck on the highway while driving itself, sheering the roof off the car and killing the driver—a crash that was eerily similar to an earlier one in May 2016. Yet Tesla CEO Elon Musk continues to promise that Tesla cars will be fully autonomous next year.

Atmospheric methane levels are rising and no one knows why

The concentration of methane in the atmosphere rose steadily from 1983 until 2000, when it finally leveled off. But starting around 2007, it started to ratchet up again, and scientists aren't really sure why. Climate change models didn't predict this kind of rise, even though methane is responsible for about a quarter of total atmospheric warming to date. Not a good sign for us earthlings.

Lillium launched its 36-motor flying car

Lillium's five-seat, electric flying air taxi has taken flight. While the company promises the craft will be able to fly 186 mph, its test flight was a little more modest: It hovered a few yards off the ground, and it landed. But you've got to start somewhere, and at the very least, it looks awfully cool.

Cocktail Conversation

Big tech companies have done a lot of apologizing—and also, a lot of head-nodding about future regulations coming their way. But behind closed doors, the groups that represent them are steering the construction of any new guardrails to their own benefit.

WIRED Recommends: Dyson V11 Vacuum

According to our reviewer, the Dyson V11 totally sucks . No, really. It has powerful suction capabilities, is super light, and has intelligent sensors that calibrate power based on what surface you're on. The rub? Its $700 price tag is pretty expensive, but you get what you pay for these days.

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