Category: Business / Transportation

October 30, 2020

The Robot Ships Are Coming … Eventually

As the pandemic fuels demand for less contact and fewer sailors, shipping companies turn to AI-assisted navigation.

by Eric Niiler in AI AI Captain
October 27, 2020

To Save the Planet, Get More EVs in Used Car Lots

To reduce carbon emissions, electric vehicles need to stay on the road as long as possible. That means developing a robust trade in second-hand cars.

by Aarian Marshall in Business
October 22, 2020

Why Is Everyone Building an Electric Pickup Truck?

Tesla has the Cybertruck, GM a $113,000 Hummer, and Ford an electric F-150. And then there are the startups.

by Aarian Marshall in Business
October 20, 2020

The Fate of Gig Workers Is in the Hands of California Voters

A ballot measure would create a new classification for people who have been contractors. Uber and Lyft threaten to leave the state if it fails.

by Aarian Marshall in Business
October 19, 2020

The Hair-Raising, Record-Setting Race to 331 MPH

Hang on to your stomach: In two thunderous dashes, supercar maker SSC set multiple production-car speed records.

by Eric Adams in Business
October 15, 2020

Cruise Will Soon Hit San Francisco With No Hands on the Wheel

The GM subsidiary wins approval from California to offer driverless passenger service.

by Aarian Marshall in Business
October 15, 2020

How to Design a Supersonic Plane for the (Fairly Rich) Masses

Boom Supersonic’s sleek prototype craft rolled out this week; the final production model will be quieter than previous supersonics, and a novel fly-by-wire system will keep it stable at low speeds.

by Eric Adams in Boom's Zoom Room
October 5, 2020

How Cities (and Citizens) Create Hostile Environments

From uncomfortable benches to sidewalk boulders, objects that say “go away” can be hard to detect—until you start noticing them.

by Kurt Kohlstedt Roman Mars in Business
October 3, 2020

Tesla’s Latest Numbers Put Growth Concerns to Rest

The company’s Q3 report exceeded analysts’ expectations, but its stock still fell about 3 percent in Friday morning trading.

by Timothy B. Lee Ars Technica in Business
September 24, 2020

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

Governor Gavin Newsom outlines an ambitious plan for the nation’s largest state to rely exclusively on electric-powered passenger cars and trucks.

by Aarian Marshall in Business