Cool stuff happened this week too. Waymo rolled out its new sensor suite and divulged some cool details about its new all-electric, self-driving Jaguar I-Paces. Goodyear has a new and sort of freaky tire concept . Scientists said they figured out a way to make airplane trips less terrible for the environment (though airlines might not love it). It’s been a week; let’s get you caught up.
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- Goodyear’s new tire concept regenerates , which means it works like a tube of lipstick: Simply push up new tread as old parts wear away.
- Conspiracy theorists have blamed airplane contrails for spreading government-made chemicals that fight global warming. But new research suggests contrails actually make climate change worse .
- Researchers say hackers can clone millions of Toyota, Hyundai, and Kia keys —all using some relatively inexpensive equipment.
- How the companies and organizations charged with moving Americans around the country are grappling with coronavirus , mini-mops and fog machines included.
- Meet Waymo’s fifth-generation hardware suite , built into electric Jaguar I-Paces. (Don’t worry: Waymo employees with AirGuns fired ball bearings at the shiny equipment to make sure it works.)
- Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs is testing iconography that informs city dwellers when and why their data is being collected .
As coronavirus worries spread throughout the country, we get it: Some of you won’t be moving at all. You know, quarantine stuff. As more companies order employees to work from home, WIRED has you covered: Here’s how to survive a few weeks of work in isolation without losing all your marbles.
Stat of the Week: 24.7 percentThe share of incorrectly parked motor vehicles observed by a team of Cornell University researchers as they hung out in five major US cities for three days each. Compare that figure to the share of incorrectly parked e-scooters and bikes: 0.8 percent. The researchers say their findings should motivate cities to rethink how they’re regulating vehicles, and how they’re enforcing those regulations.
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