HeadlinesStories you might have missed from WIRED this week
- What the Boeing 737 MAX and the car you drive might have in common .
- If, by chance, you did not have time to page through all 1,524 pages of Sidewalk Labs’ ambitious plans to remake a slice of Toronto in Google’s image, here’s what you need to know .
- Electric car sales are struggling, but Arnold Schwarzenegger, plus an army of savvy marketers , are here to help.
- Guess how many North American cities are on this year’s edition of the 20 most bike-friendly ones on the planet ?
- Los Angeles has relinquished control of the digital tool it uses to regulate scooters. Will cities and private transportation companies like Spin, Uber, Lyft, and Bird now become friends?
- From WIRED Opinion : What China’s previous e-bike boom can teach America about scooters.
River Patrol and Dive Team Rescue of the WeekCongrats to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office dive team, which this week pulled 57 scooters and bicycles from the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon. The lights on at least one Lime scooter were still working. Tossing scooters into rivers, oceans, and seas has become a meme of the scooter-share era, with some environmental advocates complaining about the discarded vehicles’ effects on waterways.
Stat of the Week
Dozens!The number of hardware and software engineers who moved from the small autonomous vehicle developer Drive.ai to Apple this week, according to Axios. About 90 other workers were laid off in the transaction. The acquisition seems to confirm that Apple is still working on self-driving vehicles—and that it’s hard out there for a full-stack self-driving vehicle startup, now that the perfected technology feels further away.
News from elsewhere on the internet
- At least 13 roboticists from the now-shuttered robotics company Anki have new jobs in Waymo’s self-driving truck division.
- Federal prosecutors investigating crashes of the Boeing 737 MAX expand their probe to the 787 Dreamliner.
- Larry Page’s flying taxi startup Kitty Hawk will work with Boeing to “advance safe urban air mobility.”
- Grim times at electric vehicle startup Faraday Future, which has fired dozens of employees.
- Another Tesla Model S catches fire, this one in Shanghai, but the automaker says it found no systemic flaws.
- How Sikh truck drivers are transforming the American highway.
- Explaining the Los Angeles bus rider exodus.
In the Rearview
Essential stories from WIRED’s canon
If you think competent urban cycling infrastructure is cool, chances are you’ll also enjoy this 2006 profile of a man who built a cycling machine that could go very, very, very fast.
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