Plus, we looked at the latest pretty financials from Tesla, and learned more about helicopter safety in the wake of the Kobe Bryant crash. It’s been a week; let’s get you caught up.
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HeadlinesStories you might have missed from WIRED this week
- Bengaluru, India, come collect your (terrible) prize .
After Kobe Bryant and eight other people died in a helicopter crash this week, we investigated why visibility is so, so important for helicopters .
- The reason Elon Musk is tweeting out a dancing guy emoji. (Hint: Tesla put out its quarterly results this week.)
- Vancouver finally, finally gets ride hail —and it's hoping the long, deliberate approach to the new(ish) technology will pay off.
- Why a major street in San Francisco has banned private cars .
Victory Troll of the WeekOf course the award goes to Elon Musk, who found some time amid running three companies , hitting vehicle production records , sending, erm, terse emails to reporters, and winning in court to record and then drop an EDM track on SoundCloud entitled “Don’t Doubt ur Vibe.” I cannot say this is my type of music, but at least one person on the internet thinks it’s a banger. Please: Open your ears and judge for yourself.
Stat of the Week: $760 billionThe cost of a five-year infrastructure plan put forward by House Democrats this week (because nothing else was happening on Capitol Hill). That pile of money would go towards investments in bridges, roads, railways, and broadband, and would set aside dollars to shore up the nation’s infrastructure to prepare for climate change.
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