Category: Business / Transportation

January 22, 2021

The Art and Science of Boarding an Airplane in a Pandemic

Researchers and airlines that obsessed over efficiency have spent the past year worrying about safety too.


by Aarian Marshall in Business
December 24, 2020

The Year of Driving Less—but More Dangerously

Total traffic deaths fell during pandemic lockdowns. But fatalities per mile traveled rose, due to faster driving, fewer cops, and more drug use.


by Aarian Marshall in Business
December 22, 2020

Uber and Lyft’s Gig Work Law Could Expand Beyond California

The companies are backing proposals in other states that would give workers the ability to form unions—but still consider them contractors, not employees.


by Aarian Marshall in Business
December 18, 2020

Airlines’ Pandemic-Driven Cargo Business Will Keep Flying

As Covid-19 shut down air travel, the industry quickly pivoted to hauling more stuff. It won’t be pivoting away anytime soon.


by Eric Adams in Business
December 17, 2020

Uber Faces a Fine for Refusing to Give Details on Assaults

The California Public Utility Commission demanded details on sexual assault cases involving drivers. But Uber says complying would compromise victims’ identities.


by Timothy B. Lee Ars Technica in Business
December 15, 2020

Why Do Many Self-Driving Cars Look Like Toasters on Wheels?

Without any need for steering wheels or pedals, the cubes give passengers room to maneuver inside. The latest entrant, from Zoox, can hold 4.


by Aarian Marshall in Autonomy
December 15, 2020

The Mustang Mach-E Delivers a Jolt—If You Can Find a Charge

The electric version of Ford’s legendary sports car is a lot of fun to drive. But road trips can be derailed by an underpowered charging network.


by Eric Adams in Business
December 14, 2020

Mass Transit Is in Jeopardy—and So Are Cities

Subways and buses are the lifeblood of dense cities like New York. If the system withers, the region becomes a less attractive place to live and work.


by Aarian Marshall in Business
December 8, 2020

Chuck Yeager’s 1947 Flight Inspired Our Supersonic Ambitions

Yeager was the prototype of the American hero, a decorated fighter pilot immortalized in Tom Wolfe’s The Right Stuff. He died Monday at age 97.


by Aarian Marshall in Business
December 8, 2020

This Guy Is Taking Viewers Along for His Driverless Rides

Joel Johnson, who has taken more than 60 rides in Waymo’s Arizona taxis, has posted over a dozen videos and says it’s been “rock solid.”


by Timothy B. Lee Ars Technica in Business