Biden Wants You Out of Your Car and on the Train

Biden Wants You Out of Your Car and on the Train

The infrastructure proposal seems to say: Consider getting your butt out of your car.“The plan seems to take seriously the idea that we need to be investing more in our transit and intercity rail system than we do in our highway system,” says Yonah Freemark, a senior research associate at the economic policy think tank the Urban Institute who studies land use and transportation.

FAO - News Article: Food systems account for more than one third of global greenhouse gas emissions

FAO - News Article: Food systems account for more than one third of global greenhouse gas emissions

The research highlights how global food systems are becoming more energy intensive, reflecting trends in the retail, packaging, transport and processing sectors, whose emissions are growing rapidly in some developing countries.

Everyone on Twitter Needs an Etiquette Manual

Everyone on Twitter Needs an Etiquette Manual

"When it feels like everyone in your feed is using social media as a funnel for emotions that don't have anywhere else to go—which is happening a lot right now—that's when you close your laptop or close the app.".

Uber Gives Up on the Self-Driving Dream

Uber Gives Up on the Self-Driving Dream

Uber said Monday it would sell off the self-driving unit that was the result of that raid, the Pittsburgh-based Advanced Technologies Group.Aurora isn’t planning to build a self-driving car or truck itself; instead, it’s developing the complex software that will power autonomous vehicles.

Ride-Hail Companies Are Making Life Harder for Scooters

Ride-Hail Companies Are Making Life Harder for Scooters

Allowing state agencies to make the calls on ride-hail “unempowered cities,” says Marla Westervelt, a transportation policy analyst who worked at both LA Metro and the scooter-share company Bird.

Your Car Is Spewing Microplastics That Blow Around the World

Your Car Is Spewing Microplastics That Blow Around the World

Now that scientists know the Arctic is laced with microplastics blown in from Europe, and now that this new work has modeled that route of transport in fine detail, they are concerned that synthetic particles might be darkening snow and ice, accelerating melting.

An Ohio City's Campaign Got More People to Buy Electric Cars

An Ohio City's Campaign Got More People to Buy Electric Cars

The electrification program, which Ars wrote about last year, involved several different approaches to getting more local residents to switch to BEVs. The city assembled a fleet of 12 BEVs and PHEVs for a "ride and drive" roadshow, visiting communities and places of work to give people an opportunity to try out an EV—something that just under 12,000 people did over the course of two years.

Curfews Halt Transit Services—and Leave Riders Stranded

Curfews Halt Transit Services—and Leave Riders Stranded

New York City officials stress that rideshare services are only offline for a few hours, from the 8 pm curfew until just after midnight, and the New York Police Department claims Citi Bikes and Revel scooters were shut down due to concerns people were using them for looting.

To Cut Carbon, Ditch Air Travel—and Get on the Right Track

To Cut Carbon, Ditch Air Travel—and Get on the Right Track

China’s new magnetic levitation train, the world’s fastest, will reach speeds of 373 mph, carrying passengers more than 600 miles in two hours while putting out less than half the emissions of a regional flight.

Rivian Wants to Bring Electric Trucks to the Masses

Rivian Wants to Bring Electric Trucks to the Masses

Jokes abounded last fall when Elon Musk unveiled Tesla’s new “Blade Runner pickup,” but the Cybertruck can drive up to 500 miles on a single charge and is available with one, two, or three motors.Like Musk, Scaringe does not think his company alone can solve the problem.

Trump Eases the Way for More Gas Guzzlers

Trump Eases the Way for More Gas Guzzlers

After three years of tumult and revised scientific analyses, the Trump administration Tuesday formally relaxed Obama-era fuel economy rules that aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and stall the effects of climate change .Under the new rules, automakers will have to meet less stringent targets for cars and light-duty trucks through 2026.

In Planes and Trains, Mini-Mops and Fog Machines Battle Coronavirus

In Planes and Trains, Mini-Mops and Fog Machines Battle Coronavirus

“Unless you’re really a super shooter,” says Vicki Stover Hertzberg, “gravity takes over.” Hertzberg, who studies how disease moves through planes at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, says you can confine your wary looks to your immediate neighbors in your row, the one in front of you, and the one behind.

I Used to Love Cars. Here's What Drove Me Away

I Used to Love Cars. Here's What Drove Me Away

Resigning myself to the car slog I turned a practically free BMW into nearly a thousand dollars and 60 hours of wasted resources every month.After five years, I returned the keys to BMW, and started graduate school where I could walk to campus.

The Feds Ban a Self-Driving Shuttle Fleet From Carrying People

The Feds Ban a Self-Driving Shuttle Fleet From Carrying People

Late Tuesday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration—the federal agency in charge of road safety in the US—took the unusual step of ordering a fleet of self-driving shuttles to stop carrying passengers.

A Move to Make Auto-Safety Features Speak the Same Language

A Move to Make Auto-Safety Features Speak the Same Language

All six of those terms have been used by important auto industry organizations—regulators at the US Department of Transportation, standards developers at SAE International, and influential research organization Thatcham Research—to describe automatic emergency braking systems.

Electric Delivery Vans, Tesla Stock, and Other Car News

Electric Delivery Vans, Tesla Stock, and Other Car News

Electric delivery vans just might be the best way to use EVs, and British newcomer Arrival announced this week that, a) it exists and b) it’s obtained some $111 million in funding, courtesy of Hyundai and Kia. And we took a look at cities and real estate developers trying to capitalize off the growth of speedy delivery by getting creative with urban distribution centers.

A Sony Concept, Flying Taxis, and More Car News This Week

A Sony Concept, Flying Taxis, and More Car News This Week

The Department of Transportation rolled out a new policy on self-driving cars that’s mostly a continuation of what it’s doing now.A provocative concept car from Sony , of all companies, seems to prove that infotainment is going to keep being super important in the automotive space.

Feds Are Content to Let Cars Drive, and Regulate, Themselves

Feds Are Content to Let Cars Drive, and Regulate, Themselves

The Trump administration Wednesday reaffirmed its policy to maintain a light touch in regulating self-driving vehicles , with a new document that is long on promoting the industry and silent on rules governing testing or operating the vehicles.

A Strange New Decade, Tesla's Strong Sales, and More Car News This Week

A Strange New Decade, Tesla's Strong Sales, and More Car News This Week

On the other, it’s business as usual, with Tesla reporting this week its quarterly delivery results.Cities’ efforts to use ride-hail services like Uber to replace public transit hit some speed bumps .City officials move forward with ambitious plans to combat climate change —and 2020 looks to be a pivotal year.

Segway's S-Pod Brings the Hoverchairs From 'WALL-E' to Life

Segway's S-Pod Brings the Hoverchairs From 'WALL-E' to Life

Sign up here !The commercial version of the S-Pod is intended for use on closed campuses, like airports, theme parks, or the deck of a luxury space cruiser 800 years in the future.

Cities Race to Slow Climate Change—and Improve Life for All

Cities Race to Slow Climate Change—and Improve Life for All

These mayors are members of C40, a network of 94 large cities—Paris, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Lagos, to name a few—committed to meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius over preindustrial levels and reducing global greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2030.That declaration didn’t just reaffirm these cities’ efforts to fight climate change .

When the Transportation Revolution Hit the Real World

When the Transportation Revolution Hit the Real World

And that was 2015—just the halfway point of the decade in which the software-loving tech industry charged into the physical world of transportation.Nissan targeted 2020 for the market debut of its self-driving car.

Car Share Shrinks, a Tax Break Vanishes, and More Car News This Week

Car Share Shrinks, a Tax Break Vanishes, and More Car News This Week

This year also marks the end of federal tax credits for Tesla buyers ; the company has sold enough cars that it’s aged out of the program.

NYC Has an Old-Timey Plan to Fix Its Traffic Future

NYC Has an Old-Timey Plan to Fix Its Traffic Future

New York City is still more than a year away from becoming the first American metropolis to implement a congestion charge , but its plan to ease Manhattan traffic is starting to take shape.

Uber May Be Banned From London, One of Its Biggest Markets

Uber May Be Banned From London, One of Its Biggest Markets

On Monday, the agency Transport for London, which regulates taxis and for-hire vehicles in the city, said it has identified “a pattern of failures” by Uber that threatened rider safety, and that Uber hadn’t done enough to correct the failures.

The Failure of Uber's Self-Driving Car, Polestar's Debut, and More Car News This Week

The Failure of Uber's Self-Driving Car, Polestar's Debut, and More Car News This Week

But this week, when the National Transportation Safety Board released more than 40 documents related to the 2018 crash in which a self-driving Uber killed a pedestrian, it quickly became apparent that the term “mistake” might be generous.

The Dangers of Delaying FAA Modernization

The Dangers of Delaying FAA Modernization

Many of our air traffic controllers are relying on 50 year-old radar installations and antiquated equipment to safely guide passengers through our increasingly crowded skies.

Trump’s Emissions Fight, Amazon’s EVs, and Other Car News This Week

Trump’s Emissions Fight, Amazon’s EVs, and Other Car News This Week

We imagine President Donald Trump whistled something similar this week, when he officially announced that his administration would strip the Golden State of the 50-year-old waiver allowing it to set its own auto emission rules.

California Vows Fight as Trump Takes Aim at Clean-Car Authority

California Vows Fight as Trump Takes Aim at Clean-Car Authority

Under Trump’s plan, the Environmental Protection Agency will revoke the so-called waiver underpinning the state’s ability to set tailpipe greenhouse-gas emissions standards that are more stringent, as well as the state’s electric vehicle sales mandate.

The Fight Over Fuel Economy Rules Gets Messy

The Fight Over Fuel Economy Rules Gets Messy

That’s why the Obama administration decided in 2012 to (slowly) strengthen regulations governing vehicles’ tailpipe emissions and fuel economy standards, requiring each automaker’s fleet to average 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025 and boosting the penalty for missing that target.