Cities Are Trying—Again—to Plan for Autonomous Vehicles

Cities Are Trying—Again—to Plan for Autonomous Vehicles

Two years ago, the National Association of City Transportation Officials, representing 81 North American cities, published its first planning guide to self-driving vehicles , highlighting the possibilities.

China Trade Spillover, LA’s Pollution by Block, and More News

China Trade Spillover, LA’s Pollution by Block, and More News

Worldwide spillover from US-China trade wars, block by block road emissions in LA, and America's history of wanting to nuke hurricanes.On Sunday, President Trump said he would use emergency powers to force private companies to relocate out of China.

See How LA Belches Emissions, Block by Block

See How LA Belches Emissions, Block by Block

So instead of relying on satellites alone, a group of researchers combed through data from a dizzying number of publicly available sources, looking at everything from traffic patterns to utilities data to air pollution reporting, to quantify the emissions from not just every road but every building in the nearly 5,000 square miles of the Los Angeles megacity.

Truckers Gain More Freedom, Thanks to Tech’s Watchful Eye

Truckers Gain More Freedom, Thanks to Tech’s Watchful Eye

The would-be rules don’t change how long drivers can stay on the road—still limited to 14 hours on duty, with at most 11 actually driving, followed by at least 10 hours off.One new rule would change that to a 30-minute break after eight hours of behind-the-wheel driving.

Watch a Drone Take Over a Nearby Smart TV

Watch a Drone Take Over a Nearby Smart TV

At the Defcon hacker conference today, independent security researcher Pedro Cabrera showed off in a series of hacking proofs-of-concept attacks how modern TVs—and particularly Smart TVs that use the internet-connected HbbTV standard implemented in his native Spain, across Europe, and much of the rest of the world—remain vulnerable to hackers.

Having Broadband Issues? This Tool Helps You Learn Local Laws

Having Broadband Issues? This Tool Helps You Learn Local Laws

The tool grew out of Pew’s Broadband Research Initiative, which researches policy issues like the economic impact of broadband access and expanding broadband in rural and low-income communities.

This Lidar Is So Cheap It Could Make Self-Driving a Reality

This Lidar Is So Cheap It Could Make Self-Driving a Reality

Luminar’s Iris lidar sensor will cost as little as $500, making it a realistic option for helping personally owned vehicles drive themselves. The upshot of bringing lidar into consumer cars is a potentially major upgrade over the semi-autonomous systems currently on the road, like Tesla’s Autopilot , Cadillac’s Super Cruise , and Nissan’s ProPilot Assist .

Waze Data Can Help Predict Car Crashes and Cut Response Time

Waze Data Can Help Predict Car Crashes and Cut Response Time

In May, a team of medical researchers with UCLA and University of California, Irvine published a paper in the journal Jama Surgery suggesting that places in California might be able to use data from the crowdsourced traffic app Waze to cut emergency response times.

Why Bigger Roads Make Traffic Worse, and Other Summer Travel News

Why Bigger Roads Make Traffic Worse, and Other Summer Travel News

Stories you might have missed about holiday travel. On Monday, SFTMA reported its Muni trains were experiencing a delay because of … a balloon, which got stuck in a tunnel. The number of Americans expected to travel for the July 4 holiday, according to AAA—a record!

Your Cadillac Can Now Drive Itself More Places

Your Cadillac Can Now Drive Itself More Places

Cadillac Super Cruise, the luxury automaker’s hands-off driver-assistance system, will by the end of the year work on more than 200,000 miles of highway in the United States and Canada, 35 percent more territory than it covered when it launched in 2017 .

Bridgestone's New Tire Makes Driving Electric as Quiet as It Should Be

Bridgestone's New Tire Makes Driving Electric as Quiet as It Should Be

Among other tricks, Bridgestone molded millimeter-high serrations into the trough of each channel to break up the high frequency sounds that result when the tire rolls down the road. Higher frequencies like what you get from pattern noise: As the tire rolls, tiny bubbles of air are compressed between the tread and ground.

How to Make a 'Roomerang': A Boomerang You Can Throw Indoors

How to Make a 'Roomerang': A Boomerang You Can Throw Indoors

Competitive boomeranger Logan Broadbent, a former world trick shot champion and American Ninja Warrior star, says weather conditions are a critical factor in his sport.

Why Net Neutrality Advocates Remain Optimistic

Why Net Neutrality Advocates Remain Optimistic

“There is great power in us,” said Rosenworcel, one of two FCC members who in 2017 voted against repealing the Obama-era rules that prohibited internet service providers from intentionally slowing or blocking web traffic.

The Glorious, Almost-Disconnected Boredom of My Walk in Japan

The Glorious, Almost-Disconnected Boredom of My Walk in Japan

I created a blocklist in Freedom and named it “THE PHONE IS A TOOL YOU DUMMY.” It prevented me from opening The New York Times app or Twitter or Facebook, virtual spaces all too easy to fall back into when approximately three seconds of boredom enter your frame.

Dyson Patent Applications Offer Hints at Its Electric Car

Dyson Patent Applications Offer Hints at Its Electric Car

How Dyson builds its batteries and motors will have just as much of an effect on how the car performs, if not more, as anything laid out in the patent applications.

How to Throw a Boomerang Like a Pro

How to Throw a Boomerang Like a Pro

"But a boomerang is thrown vertically so the directional lift is to the side, unlike an airplane flying horizontal where the directional lift is up in the air.

Why a T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Would Be Bad for the Public

Why a T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Would Be Bad for the Public

Given that at a minimum 6 percent of all Americans and nearly 25 percent of rural residents don’t have either fixed or mobile broadband coverage today, these numbers appear to be nothing more than an enticement for the Trump FCC to declare a fake victory in the so-called race to 5G.Pai also points favorably to the companies’ vow not to raise prices on its services for three years after the merger is consummated.

SpaceX Is Banking on Satellite Internet. Maybe It Shouldn't

SpaceX Is Banking on Satellite Internet. Maybe It Shouldn't

As a satellite internet operator, one of SpaceX’s biggest challenges will be differentiating itself from other broadband constellations that will be operating in low Earth orbit, says Roger Rusch, president of TelAstra, a consulting firm that advises investors in the satellite industry.

The Obsessive, Tumultuous Lives of SpaceX Rocket Chasers

The Obsessive, Tumultuous Lives of SpaceX Rocket Chasers

By showing up, these rocket chasers are uncovering news about the secretive happenings at SpaceX.This past March, Chylinski was hunkered down in a cramped bungalow in Cocoa Beach, Florida, a small tourist town just down the road from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

Quiet Evidence of People's Impact on Earth

Quiet Evidence of People's Impact on Earth

It supports something else scientists have been saying for a while: Human activity has so drastically impacted the planet that it's entering a new geological epoch, called the Anthropocene. George Marazakis documents traces of this activity, from fish farms to salt works, while driving through Greece for his series A Cure for Anthropocene .

Find Cold Comfort at the Campsite With an Electric Cooler

Find Cold Comfort at the Campsite With an Electric Cooler

My family and I recently tested a few ice coolers alongside some electric fridge/freezer units, using them on a number of road trips and car-camping journeys.

SpaceX Satellites Will Fly Low to Prevent Space Junk

SpaceX Satellites Will Fly Low to Prevent Space Junk

SpaceX has received Federal Communications Commission approval to halve the orbital altitude of more than 1,500 planned broadband satellites in order to lower the risk of space debris and improve latency.

Tesla's Robotaxi Pledge, a Browser That Pays You, and More News

Tesla's Robotaxi Pledge, a Browser That Pays You, and More News

Tesla CEO Elon Musk says there will be a million self-driving Tesla taxis on the road by next year. You can finally make money surfing the web, and Elon Musk says you could be picked up by a self-driving Tesla taxi as soon as next year.

British Beach-Goers Could Get a Bigger Road Through Stonehenge

British Beach-Goers Could Get a Bigger Road Through Stonehenge

So the government quashed its ambitions until the early 1990s, when the Department for Transport proposed two options for an expanded A303: Divert the road so it gave Stonehenge a broader berth, or bury it in a half-mile long cut-and-cover tunnel (essentially a trench topped with soil and sod).Nick Stockton covers climate change, transportation, and logistics for WIRED.The general public supported the tunnel, but politicians—concerned about the cost—spiked the plan in 1997.

Climate Change Threatens Ice Roads. Satellites Could Help

Climate Change Threatens Ice Roads. Satellites Could Help

For a few months each winter, Canada’s Tibbitt to Contwoyto Winter Road is the world’s longest ice highway, a 300-plus-mile network of frozen lakes that connects lucrative diamond mines in Canada’s Northwest Territories to supplies from the nation’s not-quite-so-far north.

Trump Vows Speedy Path to 5G, but Offers Few New Ideas

Trump Vows Speedy Path to 5G, but Offers Few New Ideas

Pai said Friday the FCC will hold the largest auction for wireless spectrum licenses in US history in December, making 3,400 megahertz of spectrum available to carriers for 5G networks.

UPS Drones Are Now Moving Blood Samples Over North Carolina

UPS Drones Are Now Moving Blood Samples Over North Carolina

Matternet's drones will conduct about 10 daily flights to start, with more possible if the service takes off. The drones, operating from specially designated pads at each location, will conduct about 10 daily flights to start, with more possible if the service takes off.

1 Year After Uber’s Fatal Crash, Robocars Carry On Quietly

1 Year After Uber’s Fatal Crash, Robocars Carry On Quietly

1 Year After Uber’s Fatal Crash, Robocars Carry On Quietly In the year since an Uber self-driving SUV killed pedestrian Elaine Herzberg, talk around autonomy has shifted to hushed tones, with an emphasis on safety.

How Amazon Taught the Echo Auto to Hear You in a Noisy Car

How Amazon Taught the Echo Auto to Hear You in a Noisy Car

How Amazon Taught the Echo Auto to Hear You in a Noisy Car “We thought the kitchen was the most challenging acoustic environment,” says Amazon’s head of Echo products.

Trouble Brews Anew at Tesla, Plus More Car News This Week

Trouble Brews Anew at Tesla, Plus More Car News This Week

The Boston-based IT manager spends his free time salvaging wrecked EVs and says he’s following Elon Musk’s mission: “sustainability and recycling.” In less waterlogged Tesla news, Elon Musk announced that his cars will be able to drive themselves quite capably by the end of this year, including finding their driver in a parking lot and taking them wherever they’re going without human intervention.