HeadlinesStories you might have missed from WIRED this week
- Lyft sues San Francisco over bike-share permits.
- And New York City is cracking down again on Lyft. Also Uber.
- Amazon built a highly detailed digital reproduction of a suburban Washington neighborhood to test delivery robots .
- What’s with all the hookups and breakups in the self-driving vehicle industry?
- Speaking of: Autonomous vehicle startup Aurora hooks up with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles . They want to make cargo vans and pickups that drive themselves.
- Cadillac releases an update to SuperCruise, its semi-automated, Autopilot-like feature, that will let its drivers use the hands-off driver assistance on 35 percent more roads .
- Audi recalls some E-trons over a battery issue. Watch for those in-car warning lights, people!
- How the mad machinists and powertrain nerds at the company Vonnen turn Porsche 911s into hybrids capable of hitting 60 in 3.6 seconds .
- The new Lamborghini Huracán EVO comes with a driver-assistance system that sucks in data about your driving style—and changes the all-wheel-steering, stability control, and traction control to match.
Working Autonomous Vehicle of the WeekAfter all the headlines and lofty language about self-driving vehicles, it feels good to see one actually work a shift in awhile. Vera, Volvo Trucks’ first electric autonomous vehicle, has started to haul some goods in a logistics center in Gothenburg, Sweden. The slow and repetitive task seems perfect for robotic driving technology, which is still very much in development.
Stat of the Week
$500 millionThe projected cost to Uber if its drivers are classified as employees and not independent contractors in California, according to a Barclays analysis. A law recently passed by the California Assembly—that’s now in the hands of the state senate—would do just that. The change might cost Lyft an additional $290 million, according to the analysis.
News from elsewhere on the internet
- Bird acquires Scoot. It will not be called “Scird”, which is too bad.
- Elon Musk says demand for Teslas is still strong.
- After a less-than-ideal IPO, Uber’s COO and CMO peace out.
- Argo AI, the Pittsburgh-based self-driving startup in which Ford has a majority stake, has a new generation of self-driving cars to test. And it’s bringing them to Detroit.
- And Uber has a new generation of its self-driving Volvos.
- Ford and VW are reportedly very close to a deal to collaborate on AVs and EVs.
- Elon says Tesla has a design for an aquatic car swimming around somewhere.
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