California Plans to Ban Sales of Gas-Powered Cars by 2035

California Plans to Ban Sales of Gas-Powered Cars by 2035

Here's everything you need to know about what humans can do to stop wrecking the planet.“This is really significant, because it sends a clear signal about where California is going in terms of its vehicle fleet,” says Ethan Elkind, who directs the climate program at the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment at UC Berkeley.

Are Radioactive Diamond Batteries a Cure for Nuclear Waste?

Are Radioactive Diamond Batteries a Cure for Nuclear Waste?

To power something that energy hungry, he says, means “the mass of the battery would be significantly greater than the mass of the vehicle.” Instead, the company is looking at applications where it is either impossible or impractical to regularly change a battery, such as sensors in remote or hazardous locations at nuclear waste repositories or on satellites.

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.

How to Care for Your Car While Sheltering in Place

How to Care for Your Car While Sheltering in Place

If you're parking a car for more than a month, and you don't want to worry about running it once a week, you can use a battery tender to trickle-charge it.

Construction Workers Embrace the Robots That Do Their Jobs

Construction Workers Embrace the Robots That Do Their Jobs

Although Built’s product is designed to remove workers from the cab of construction equipment, IUOE’s director of construction training, Chris Treml, says the union wants to train its members to work with the technology.

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.

US Coronavirus Prep, a Fatal Tesla Crash Ruling, and More News

US Coronavirus Prep, a Fatal Tesla Crash Ruling, and More News

The NTSB found that the automaker bears some responsibility for the crash and should restrict the use of its Autopilot feature and better detect when drivers are paying attention; however, the agency also criticized the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s hands-off approach to regulating new vehicle technologies like Autopilot, saying that it had overlooked risks of advanced driver-assistance features.

Reducing the Speed Limit Won’t Make Roads Safer for Wildlife

Reducing the Speed Limit Won’t Make Roads Safer for Wildlife

And herein lies the premise: if drivers are moving slowly enough, they will have time to avoid hitting large animals, such as deer and pronghorn, on the road.

Augmented Reality From the Driver's Seat, and More Car News This Week

Augmented Reality From the Driver's Seat, and More Car News This Week

But Lyft and Aptiv say the experiment has helped them discover how people use and react to self-driving vehicles—information both companies may be able to use once the technology is ready to lose that pesky human.

Faked Traffic Jams, Soaring Tesla Stock, and Other Auto News

Faked Traffic Jams, Soaring Tesla Stock, and Other Auto News

But this week, the Department of Transportation made some tweaks to its vehicle design rules when it said it would allow the robotic delivery vehicle company Nuro to operate up to 5,000 mini-cars that don’t quite fit conventional guidelines.

Uber in Vancouver, a Vehicle Ban in SF, and Other Car News

Uber in Vancouver, a Vehicle Ban in SF, and Other Car News

And yet: Lots of folk still think advancements like ride-hail and autonomous vehicles might be a balm to terrible traffic, and that tech innovation plus regulation could lead to fewer emissions and less time sitting behind the wheel.

An Origin Story, Smart Headlights, and Other Car News

An Origin Story, Smart Headlights, and Other Car News

Cruise, General Motors’ self-driving unit, hosted a big party in San Francisco to launch Origin , an electric six-seat, steering wheel-free vehicle that it says is the future of shared autonomy.

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.

Want a Tax Credit for Buying an Electric Vehicle? Move Fast

Want a Tax Credit for Buying an Electric Vehicle? Move Fast

At Tesla , the electric vehicle maker, January 1, 2020 will mark something else: the official end of its vehicles’ eligibility for federal tax credits.Here’s how it works: Each automaker is eligible for $7,500 in credits for each electric vehicle sold, up to 200,000 sales.

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.