Category: Business / Transportation

July 31, 2020

Anthony Levandowski Asks a Judge Not to Send Him to Prison

The former Google engineer, who pleaded guilty to stealing the company’s self-driving car technology, says he’d be at heightened risk for Covid-19.

by Timothy B. Lee Ars Technica in Business
July 26, 2020

California’s Air Pollution Cops Are Eyeing Uber and Lyft

A proposal would require 60 percent of ride-hail miles to be in electric vehicles by 2030. And the companies are on board.

by Aarian Marshall in Business
July 23, 2020

Tesla Will Build ‘GigaTexas’ to Crank Out Cybertrucks

On the heels of another profitable quarter, despite a coronavirus-induced shutdown of its California plant, the electric automaker announced its fourth factory.

by Aarian Marshall in Business
July 21, 2020

Covid Is Pushing Some Mass Transit Systems to the Brink

Riders are skittish. Cleaning costs are soaring. Some, like the Bay Area’s Caltrain system, face an existential crisis.

by Aarian Marshall in Business
July 14, 2020

Massachusetts Launches Uber and Lyft’s Latest Legal Headache

The state sued the ride-hail companies for misclassifying drivers as contractors, following a similar move by California officials.

by Aarian Marshall in Business
July 13, 2020

The Intersection Between Self-Driving Cars and Electric Cars

New research suggests that the tradeoffs for electric autonomous vehicles aren’t as painful as once thought, though early AVs might be gas hybrids.

by Aarian Marshall in Business
July 9, 2020

Uber Moves Stealthily to Gain Allies in a Fight With Cities

Nonprofits and advocacy groups signed on to an organization called Communities Against Rider Surveillance—without knowing that the ride-hail giant was involved.

by Aarian Marshall in Business
July 7, 2020

Self-Driving Tech Is Becoming a Game of Partnerships

Making an autonomous vehicle is proving harder and costlier than many startups predicted. So they’re teaming up with giants like Hyundai, Jaguar, and Ford.

by Aarian Marshall in Business
July 6, 2020

Seattle’s Uber and Lyft Drivers Make $23.25 an Hour—or $9.73

Two studies reach very different conclusions about ride-hail earnings, as city officials consider setting a minimum wage.

by Aarian Marshall in Business