Also this week: We drove the Volvo’s performance brand’s new electric vehicle , and Tesla drove a pretty nice third quarter, with a real profit . It’s been a week; let’s get you caught up.
HeadlinesStories you might have missed from WIRED this week
- A study of Uber tipping data suggests people aren’t great about tipping service workers on apps.
Why federal engineers have a big problem with rainbow crosswalks .
- Federal data shows that American roads are getting safer—unless you’re walking .
- Tesla built a Chinese factory in 168 working days! Here’s why the company’s plans in the country may prove existential.
- A ride through western Sweden in Polestar’s first EV, which our reporter calls a “useful, family-friendly sedan .”
Why drone companies would love to fly your prescriptions to you .
Drivers of the WeekThe bestest motorist of the week award goes to the 17 rats who participated in a University of Richmond study published in the journal Behavioural Brain Research. Researchers taught the rats how to operate copper car steering wheels built into plastic food containers on wheels. Is it adorable? Certainly yes. Does it make larger points about the elasticity of animal brains, and what happens when minds are challenged with increasingly complex tasks? Maybe yes!
Stat of the Week