Why Is Everyone Building an Electric Pickup Truck?

Why Is Everyone Building an Electric Pickup Truck?

General Motors dropped a pretty penny to debut its new electric Hummer during the World Series on Tuesday, with a two minute, 15 second ad that took up an entire commercial break.

One Woman’s High-Touch Bid to Upend the Sex-Toy Industry

One Woman’s High-Touch Bid to Upend the Sex-Toy Industry

By the time she rolled back into Vegas nine months ago, with her truck of robot dildos on the Strip, DiCarlo was more than a CEO: She was a conference-hopping activist, an icon on a mission to erase the shame around women's sexuality.

Self-Driving Tech Is Becoming a Game of Partnerships

Self-Driving Tech Is Becoming a Game of Partnerships

It’s really, really hard,” says Iagnemma, the president and CEO of a joint venture formed in March between South Korea’s Hyundai and self-driving startup Aptiv.

Tesla’s Cybertruck Could Be Ripped, Mean, and Super Green

Tesla’s Cybertruck Could Be Ripped, Mean, and Super Green

The Cybertruck presents a golden opportunity to pioneer technologies that eliminate residual emissions from automotive manufacturing.The most obvious way to achieve this is through designing cars to be part of a so-called circular economy–wherein products are reused and recycled, rather than thrown away.

A One-Time Poultry Farmer Invents the Future of Refrigeration

A One-Time Poultry Farmer Invents the Future of Refrigeration

In the case of, say, a gasoline-powered car, the fuel is mixed with air, crammed into a piston chamber, and set alight, causing it to jump more than 1,000 degrees in temperature.

Plant Shutdowns, Vital Truckers, and More Car News This Week

Plant Shutdowns, Vital Truckers, and More Car News This Week

Covid-19 is bad news for the automotive industry, and even worse news for the electric vehicle proponents .The Navy will deploy two hospital ships to help with the coronavirus response, but a surgeon who served on one of them doesn’t think it’s a great place to treat infectious disease patients.

Today's Cartoon: License to Whine

Today's Cartoon: License to Whine

This week, WIRED explores the ways technology has—and hasn’t—changed how we work .Every weekday, WIRED publishes a new cartoon about the worlds of science and technology.Plus, sign up for the Daily newsletter and never miss the best of WIRED.Algae caviar, anyone?

A Cruise Ship Quarantine, a Hunt for Cheaters, and More Car News This Week

A Cruise Ship Quarantine, a Hunt for Cheaters, and More Car News This Week

How a cruise ship became a coronavirus catastrophe .A new California labor law has created an algorithmic game of spy vs.The number of electric pedal-assist bike-share cycles set to hit the streets of New York by next year, courtesy of Lyft-owned Citibike.

Sex-Tech Companies Are Having More Fun Than the Rest of Us at CES

Sex-Tech Companies Are Having More Fun Than the Rest of Us at CES

If there was ever a metaphor for the newfound openness around women’s sex tech at the annual consumer electronics fest, it might be the Lora DiCarlo truck.That’s what happened in early 2019, when DiCarlo and her team were awarded a CES Innovation prize in the Robotics and Drone category.

Cybertruck Swag Has Flooded Amazon and Etsy

Cybertruck Swag Has Flooded Amazon and Etsy

It’s the same graffiti font used by many of the Cybertruck swag sellers on Amazon and Etsy, both of which forbid trademark infringement on their platforms but have sometimes struggled to remove it .

Trump's Ukraine Delusion, Tesla's Ford Showdown, and More News

Trump's Ukraine Delusion, Tesla's Ford Showdown, and More News

Trump is spouting while Ford and Tesla are shouting, but first: a cartoon about when data collection gets personal .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

Tesla Cybertruck Vs. a Ford F-150: It's All About Friction

Tesla Cybertruck Vs. a Ford F-150: It's All About Friction

Now it's this video of a tug-of-war between the Cybertruck and a Ford F-150 .It's all about friction and the interaction between the tires and the road.The Tesla Cybertruck, with its steel outer shell, is probably more massive than a Ford F-150.Let's be clear.

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

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

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!”.

Why the Tesla Cybertruck Looks So Weird

Why the Tesla Cybertruck Looks So Weird

Zammit says he and other automotive designers teach students to add a little extra something to make the vehicle look stable, to look strong—even if it doesn’t add much to the engineering.

A Physics Analysis of Tesla's Shattered Cybertruck Windows

A Physics Analysis of Tesla's Shattered Cybertruck Windows

To compare, Musk’s assistants drop a metal ball on normal car glass, which cracks.So the guy tosses the ball at the driver’s window of the Cybertruck—and smashes it.“Well, maybe that was a little too hard,” Musk says.

Is Tesla's Cybertruck for Real? The Jury's Out

Is Tesla's Cybertruck for Real? The Jury's Out

By contrast, consider the 2017 introduction of the Tesla Semi , where Musk reveled in the 18-wheeler’s engineering and design details that diverged from the status quo not for the sake of it, but for tangible improvements.

Tesla Cybertruck: Elon Musk's Pickup Truck Has Arrived

Tesla Cybertruck: Elon Musk's Pickup Truck Has Arrived

And while that might not be a day-to-day use case for many prospective buyers, it’s very handy if you’re showing off the prowess of your latest all-electric model for the first time at a glitzy event in Los Angeles, as Tesla (and SpaceX ) CEO Elon Musk did Thursday night.

Tesla's Cybertruck Is Coming—Here's How to Watch the New Pickup's Announcement

Tesla's Cybertruck Is Coming—Here's How to Watch the New Pickup's Announcement

“I actually don’t know if a lot of people will buy this pickup truck or not,” he told Recode a year ago, “but I don’t care.” He’s said the truck will be “literally bulletproof” and that it will look like “an armored personnel carrier from the future.”.

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.

An Electric Pickup Truck Really Could Pull a Freight Train—Here's How

An Electric Pickup Truck Really Could Pull a Freight Train—Here's How

Here is a force diagram for a tiny object pulling a massive object with no friction. For the train (object B), a frictional force is pulling to the right.

A Preview of Mueller's Testimony, an Electric Ford F-150, and More News

A Preview of Mueller's Testimony, an Electric Ford F-150, and More News

Robert Mueller visits Congress tomorrow, the most popular vehicle in America is going electric, and the youths are fueling a Snapchat comeback. Don't, however, expect any shattering new details—if we know anything about Robert Mueller, it's that he's probably going to stick pretty close to the book.

Ford Will Make an Electric F-150 Pickup, but Won't Say When

Ford Will Make an Electric F-150 Pickup, but Won't Say When

Ford’s prototype all-electric F-150 (built into the current model’s body), towed its 1.3-million-pound payload for 1,000 feet, and will likely enter production in the next few years.

Bike-Friendly Cities, a New Urbanism, and More Car News This Week

Bike-Friendly Cities, a New Urbanism, and More Car News This Week

What the Boeing 737 MAX and the car you drive might have in common .If, by chance, you did not have time to page through all 1,524 pages of Sidewalk Labs’ ambitious plans to remake a slice of Toronto in Google’s image, here’s what you need to know .Electric car sales are struggling, but Arnold Schwarzenegger, plus an army of savvy marketers , are here to help.

A Tesla ‘Truckla,’ Robotic Pizza Delivery, and More Car News This Week

A Tesla ‘Truckla,’ Robotic Pizza Delivery, and More Car News This Week

This week, we learned how a dedicated DIY-er DIY-ed a Tesla pickup truck (a “Truckla ”), why a robotics company is suddenly very interested in pizza , and how you might top a 22,000-mile trip around the world on a solar-powered plane.

YouTube's 'Shitty Robot' Queen Made Her Own Tesla Pickup Truck

YouTube's 'Shitty Robot' Queen Made Her Own Tesla Pickup Truck

It marks a kind of turning point for Giertz, who says she’d like to focus more on building cars, and not the shitty kind. Around this time last year, Giertz partnered with a friend, engineer Marcos Ramirez, to start sketching out what a Model 3-turned-pickup-truck would look like.

Apple's MacBook Update, a Self-Driving Mail Truck, and More News

Apple's MacBook Update, a Self-Driving Mail Truck, and More News

Apple's MacBook Update, a Self-Driving Mail Truck, and More News. Apple finally heard your keyboard complaints, USPS is ditching the drivers, and Google exposed some passwords. We already heard about Facebook leaving user passwords exposed , but now it's Google's turn.

The USPS Tests Out Self-Driving Trucks for Hauling Mail

The USPS Tests Out Self-Driving Trucks for Hauling Mail

Self-driving truck developer TuSimple is running a two-week pilot project with the US Postal Service, moving mail between Phoenix and Dallas. Alex Davies covers autonomous vehicles and other transportation machines for WIRED.Starting Tuesday, self-driving trucks built by startup TuSimple will haul trailers full of mail and packages all by themselves.

Tesla’s Latest Autopilot Death Looks Just Like a Prior Crash

Tesla’s Latest Autopilot Death Looks Just Like a Prior Crash

A Tesla Model 3 sedan that crashed into a truck on a Florida highway in March, killing its driver, had its Autopilot semi-autonomous feature engaged, according to a new report from the National Transportation Safety Board.

Supporting Vietnam’s economic success through greener, cheaper, and more efficient trucking

Supporting Vietnam’s economic success through greener, cheaper, and more efficient trucking

The results of our analysis and associated policy recommendations have been compiled in a new report: Strengthening Vietnam’s Trucking Sector- Towards Lower Logistics Costs and Greenhouse Gas Emissions. Strengthening Vietnam’s Trucking Sector: Towards Lower Logistics Costs and Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

Estimate the Pulling Force of Boston Dynamics' Robo-Dog Army

Estimate the Pulling Force of Boston Dynamics' Robo-Dog Army

That's pretty close to the estimated friction from the robot dogs (maybe my values for the coefficients are off).What about pulling a truck uphill? They also have a decrease in the frictional force needed to pull the truck up the incline.