SUVs Are Worse for the Climate Than You Ever Imagined

SUVs Are Worse for the Climate Than You Ever Imagined

Some people feel safer in a vehicle where they sit high above the road, but the raised center of gravity makes SUVs more prone to rollovers than cars, said Consumer Reports.

To Train Foreign Service Agents, You Must Build a Fake Town

To Train Foreign Service Agents, You Must Build a Fake Town

The site, which opened in November after three years of construction, is meant to adapt to emerging security threats, and imparts the lessons of recent traumas like the attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

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.

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.

Feds Pin Uber Crash on Human Operator, Call for Better Rules

Feds Pin Uber Crash on Human Operator, Call for Better Rules

First, the safety panel thinks NHTSA should do more to gauge how self-driving developers are running their test operations on public roads.

Burglars Really Do Use Bluetooth Scanners to Find Laptops and Phones

Burglars Really Do Use Bluetooth Scanners to Find Laptops and Phones

A recent rise in laptop and gadget thefts from cars, particularly in San Francisco and the larger Bay Area, has left victims and police wondering if burglars are using Bluetooth scanners to choose target cars based on which have gadgets inside emitting wireless signals.

Uber’s Self-Driving Car Didn’t Know Pedestrians Could Jaywalk

Uber’s Self-Driving Car Didn’t Know Pedestrians Could Jaywalk

The software inside the Uber self-driving SUV that killed an Arizona woman last year was not designed to detect pedestrians outside of a crosswalk, according to new documents released as part of a federal investigation into the incident.

Dyson Sucks the Air Out of Its Electric-Car Dreams

Dyson Sucks the Air Out of Its Electric-Car Dreams

In a letter to employees, chief executive James Dyson wrote the company “simply can no longer see a way to make [the vehicle project] commercially viable,” though he said the 523-person global automotive team had “developed a fantastic car.” The company says most of those workers will be “absorbed” into its home division, which builds products like vacuum cleaners and hairdryers.

EVs Fire Up Pyroswitches to Cut Risk of Shock After a Crash

EVs Fire Up Pyroswitches to Cut Risk of Shock After a Crash

Bosch developed the CG912 semiconductor chip for triggering airbags, but it works just as well for sparking a tiny guillotine to cut an electric vehicle’s high-voltage cables.

Quieter Landings, Stranded Tourists, and More Transport News This Week

Quieter Landings, Stranded Tourists, and More Transport News This Week

Also this week: Tesla-affiliated researchers say they’ve invented a very long lasting car battery , the Porsche Taycan is very fun , and electric buses hit a potential speed bump , courtesy of Congress.

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.

Feds Say Tesla Autopilot Is Partly to Blame for a 2018 Crash

Feds Say Tesla Autopilot Is Partly to Blame for a 2018 Crash

The panel asked automakers to “develop applications to more effectively sense the driver’s level of engagement and alert the driver when engagement is lacking” when using “automated vehicle control systems.” Tesla has changed how Autopilot works, requiring drivers to put pressure on the wheel more frequently while the feature is engaged.

A Tesla Security Bug, Levandowski Indicted, and More Car News

A Tesla Security Bug, Levandowski Indicted, and More Car News

But that is exactly what happened this week , when a father of this era of automated vehicle technology, the former Uber and Waymo engineer Anthony Levandowski, was indicted on federal charges of trade secret theft.

A Bank-Busting Bugatti, VW’s EV Dune Buggy, and More Car News

A Bank-Busting Bugatti, VW’s EV Dune Buggy, and More Car News

We took close looks at the new Bugatti Centodieci , we climbed aboard the all-electric VW dune buggy , and we examined what it takes to build the ultimate TV-friendly obstacle course for cars (and their daredevil drivers).Plus, we wondered what happened to all those people who shelled out for vanity license plates that ended up costing way more than they bargained for.

Trump Safety Pitch for Easing Car Standards Rebutted by Study

Trump Safety Pitch for Easing Car Standards Rebutted by Study

President Donald Trump’s plan to freeze U.S. vehicle efficiency standards would result in higher costs for motorists without doing anything to boost highway safety, according to an analysis by Consumer Reports that undermines the administration’s chief talking points in favor of the move.

California's Auto-Emissions Deal Could Trump the Feds' Plans

California's Auto-Emissions Deal Could Trump the Feds' Plans

Aarian Marshall covers autonomous vehicles, transportation policy, and urban planning for WIRED.The Trump administration questions the science around climate change, and wants to ditch the Obama-era rules.

SpaceX Just Unleashed Its Starship Rocket for the First Time

SpaceX Just Unleashed Its Starship Rocket for the First Time

Late on Thursday night, at a launch facility in Boca Chica, Texas, SpaceX performed the first flight test of its next-generation Starship rocket , which may one day carry humans to Mars.

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.

This Food-Delivery Robot Wants to Share the Bike Lane

This Food-Delivery Robot Wants to Share the Bike Lane

Alex Davies covers autonomous vehicles and other transportation machines for WIRED.Johnson-Roberson and Vasudevan, who jointly direct the University of Michigan and Ford Center for Autonomous Vehicles, cofounded Refraction AI, the latest self-driving outfit to announce plans to change the way people and their things move about the planet.

Small Cars Are Being Driven Out of Existence

Small Cars Are Being Driven Out of Existence

Cheap credit and leasing have made larger vehicles more affordable; the average purchase price of a new car has risen to an eye-watering $37,000. From a profit and regulatory compliance perspective, it’s certainly better for carmakers to sell lots of hybrid SUVs and high-performance sports cars.

Tesla Model 3 Can Survive a Crash—and Avoid One Too

Tesla Model 3 Can Survive a Crash—and Avoid One Too

In crash testing, which Thatcham administers according to standards set by the European New Car Assessment Programme, the Model 3 posted a 96 percent score for how it protects adults.

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.

BMW Steps Up E-Car Target to 700,000 by 2025 as Fines Loom

BMW Steps Up E-Car Target to 700,000 by 2025 as Fines Loom

BMW AG plans to increase sales of electric and plug-in hybrids by 30% every year until 2025 to help meet incoming stringent emission regulation in the European Union, prompting the carmaker to accelerate the rollout of battery models.

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.

Waymo Goes Global With Renault-Nissan Partnership

Waymo Goes Global With Renault-Nissan Partnership

Waymo has signed an agreement to work with Renault and Nissan on issues surrounding self-driving car technology, the companies said Thursday. The French government has said it wants self-driving tech by 2020 or 2022, and legislation to allow some autonomous vehicles in the country is currently in the works.

The Drone Iran Shot Down Was a $220M Surveillance Monster

The Drone Iran Shot Down Was a $220M Surveillance Monster

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said on Thursday that the Northrup Grumman-made Global Hawk—part of a multi-billion-dollar program that dates back to 2001—had entered Iranian airspace and crashed in Iranian waters; US Central Command confirmed the time and general location of the attack, but insists that the drone was flying in international airspace.

Nuro’s Pizza Robot Will Bring You a Domino’s Pie

Nuro’s Pizza Robot Will Bring You a Domino’s Pie

Nuro’s Pizza Robot Will Bring You a Domino’s Pie. Nuro's vehicle looks like an avant-garde handbag, but it’s actually a little robot that will soon start hauling pizza around Houston. Later this year, Nuro’s robot will start delivering Domino’s pies and cheesy breads to customers in the Houston area.

Fiat Leans Toward Trump as Industry Agonizes Over Fuel Rules

Fiat Leans Toward Trump as Industry Agonizes Over Fuel Rules

In its written comments submitted to regulators last year, Fiat Chrysler said it agrees with one of the Trump administration’s central arguments: Stricter fuel-efficiency mandates drive up new vehicle prices, keeping older, dirtier and less-safe cars on the road longer.

Audi Recall, Shifting Alliances, and More Car News This Week

Audi Recall, Shifting Alliances, and More Car News This Week

Audi Recall, Shifting Alliances, and More Car News This Week. Aurora, the self-driving tech startup, and VW ended their agreement to work on autonomous vehicles—just as Aurora struck another deal with FCA . And Uber has a new generation of its self-driving Volvos.

Aurora's Latest Deal Will Be a Heavy-Duty Test With Chrysler

Aurora's Latest Deal Will Be a Heavy-Duty Test With Chrysler

Aurora, the developer of self-driving technology run by a trio of industry veterans, has signed a partnership with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles , to figure out how to build its “Driver” into FCA’s commercial vehicles.