Hybrid Ferraris! Flying Cars! And More Car News This Week

Ferrari’s hybrid supercar should be the fastest thing to ever come out of its Maranello factory.

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We’re a lot like you: We love tiny glimpses into the future. This week, WIRED Transportation got several tiny glimpses into the future. We previewed a new payment system for New York City’s subways and buses , which could allow the city to, say, give you a refund if your train is running late. We observed the takeoff of air taxi startup Alaka’i Technologies , which believes hydrogen fuel cells will power the flying cars of the future. We used a pending patent applications to peer inside Dyson’s plans for an electric car . And we checked out Ferrari’s hybrid supercar , which should be the fastest thing to ever come out of its Maranello factory.

It’s been a week. Let’s get you caught up.

Headlines

Stories you might have missed from WIRED this week

  • Eight words: Liquid-hydrogen-powered! Five-passenger! Electric! Flying car!
  • Four more: Hybrid! 211 mph! Ferrari!
  • A new report finds that 7 percent of the new cars sold in the first quarter of 2019 came equipped with some kind of semiautonomous tech . So it’s disturbing that no one is sure if drivers actually understand it—or even know what to call it.
  • Three patent applications offer insight into Dyson’s first electric car . (Yes, that’s Dyson as in Dyson the the vacuum company.)
  • Yeah, it’s cool that you can now pay for some New York City subway rides with your iPhone. But the coolest part of the city’s new payment rollout could be what its does with all its new transportation data .

Transportation Crossover of the Week

Love tiny electric cars? Love gigantic airplanes? Love tiny electric cars and gigantic airplanes? Spend a few moments in the Frankfurt Airport, where a prototype of the 2020 MINI Cooper SE recently pulled a 150-ton Boeing 777F freight airplane.

Stat of the Week

50,000

The number of self-driving car rides that a partnership between ride-hailing company Lyft and automotive tech company Aptiv have provided to passengers in Las Vegas, according to Lyft. Crucial reminder, though: The cars still havesafety drivers in the front seats, ready to take over if (and when) their systems don’t work exactly as they should.

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