Tesla's Cybertruck, an Aston Martin SUV, and More Car News This Week

What was your first thought when you saw Tesla’s newest offering, the Cybertruck? Some (OK, I) reported shock. Some, delight. One automotive design expert we spoke to this week called it “horrifying.” (He came around later, though—you should read the story .) At the very least, as Tesla CEO Elon Musk put it during the all-electric pickup truck’s Thursday night unveiling, CYBRTRCK “doesn’t look like anything else!”But are the people reserving trucks right now going to get exactly what showed up on stage on Thursday? How should rival truck companies—electric and nonelectric—feel about the whole thing ? Oh, and just in case you’re not into Tesla: What does an Aston Martin SUV look like? It’s been a week: Let’s get you caught up.

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Stories you might have missed from WIRED this week
  • The National Transportation Safety Board wrapped up its 19-month investigation of the fatal Uber self-driving vehicle crash and found that a slew of terrible decisions—by Uber, the state of Arizona, the federal government, and the woman who was supposed to monitor the tech from behind the wheel—contributed to the collision.
  • What it takes to turn a vintage F-16 into a drone.

  • Aston Martin is betting on its new, $189,000 DBX SUV.

  • Get a load of the powerful electric batteries in Formula E race cars.
  • Here’s what you need to know about the new form of ID required to fly next fall.

  • Meet the CYBRTRCK .
  • What automotive designers think about the CYBRTRCK .

  • Is the CYBRTRCK...real ?

Driver of the Week

It’s this black lab from Florida, who drove in circles for an hour.\

Stat of the Week

393

That is, unfortunately, the number of US civil aviation deaths last year, according to preliminary statistics released by the National Transportation Safety Board—a 13 percent increase over 2017. Only one of those deaths occurred on a passenger airline, when a blown engine on a Southwest Airlines flight smashed a window and killed the woman sitting next to it.

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