Happily, not all was awful in the transportation world this week. The federal government seems to be taking bicyclist safety seriously (though it has some serious work to do), and we got to take the slick, hybrid grand touring coupe Polestar 1 for a spin. It’s been a week; let’s get you caught up.
HeadlinesStories you might have missed from WIRED this week
- Cars are pretty advanced these days; some can even change lanes or park by themselves. But it turns out that the fanciest of auto buyers—think the people who browse Porsche and Aston Martin showrooms—are still into manual transmissions . Even when they decide to go electric.
- The NTSB releases its first report on bicyclist safety in nearly half a century, rankling cycling advocates with a call for mandatory helmet use.
- Paris tries to end an electric-scooter-share fracas with new regulations.
- Lamborghini rolls out a $200,000 SUV , for people who like to run errands very aggressively.
- Our reporter drives the hybrid Polestar 1 , the first auto from Volvo’s performance brand, and discovers why it’s weirdly similar to the Scandinavian candy turkisk peppar.
- A 20-month investigation into the March 2018 crash of a self-driving Uber that killed a woman nears its end—and it turns out the car wasn’t trained to recognize pedestrians outside of crosswalks .
- Plus: If you missed WIRED25, our two-day summit in San Francisco, catch up with all our coverage right here .
Hot Take of the WeekThe award goes to this USA Today communiqué, which reignites an extremely contentious fight and then does a dangerous thing and takes a side. The question: Is one entitled to recline one’s seat on an airplane? The take: Absolutely not. “Seat recline is a moral issue,” one blogger tells the publication. Please forward your angry reader emails to them, not us.