The future of transportation is all about brilliant engineering, sure, the kind of fast-moving sit and number-crunching that Volvo hires required to pluck to transform a idea automobile to a yield one in less than two years.( Jack got us the scoop on that one .)

But it’s too about politics. Ford inducing strategic, symbolic moves and obtains in the large-hearted, struggling municipality it once helped realise great. Colorado sticking a thumb in the eye of the EPA by signing onto a California-led low-emissions vehicle guideline. Massachusetts attempting to match the leeriness of its citizens about self-driving tech with its desire to maintain its reputation as a center of innovation.

This week was all about automakers, tech goliaths, commonwealths, and municipalities acquiring shrewd was taking steps to slot themselves to welcome the next few months, years, and decades. Sometimes, you gotta get down and grimy. It’s been a week–let’s get you caught up.

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Stories you might have missed from WIRED this week

Transportation editor Alex Davies get elbow deep in permits to bring you this breakdown of Tesla’s newest assembly line in its Fremont, California, flower. The carmaker constructed it under a big tent in its parking lot. But here’s the nuttiest stuff: manufacturing experts say the whole concept actually manufactures sense.

What does it take to turn a conception into a creation vehicle? Ask the too tired engineers at Volvo, who had just two years to transform the old-time Concept Coupe into the $ 155,000 Polestar 1, a car you will actually be able to buy. Jack takes us behind the curtain as the Volvo team bustles to make it happen.

Why is Ford buying the age-old Detroit train station that has become a represent of the city’s ruin? No, it’s not departing after the passenger rail sector, I interpret. The carmaker is planning to expand its footprint in Detroit with a new mobility centre, a vote of confidence for the city and autonomous vehicle technology.

The ID R, Volkswagen’s entry into the extra-twisty annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, has a curious quirk for a vehicle charged with navigating 4,720 hoofs of elevation in exactly 12.4 miles: no engine. Yes, the ID R is electrical, and Jack explains why VW remembers the car have been successful where armed hero Zebulon Pike failed.

As Trump administration rotations back emissions guidelines, Colorado takes a stand, signing onto California’s Low Emission Vehicle planned. It and other states( largely on the coasts) plan to stick to the EPA touchstones laid down by the Obama administration.

Massachusetts becomes one of the first states to expand autonomous vehicle researching since a self-driving Uber killed an Arizona woman. An agreed by the country DOT and 14 Boston-area cities dedicates inhabitants more articulate over where the technology experiments on public streets, while streamlining the application process for business interested in that testing.

WIRED contributor Mark Harris get inside Seattle’s grapplings with the new, explosive dockless bike-share industry, and emerges with some lessons learned for metropolis: how they can get better, cheaper transportation for their residents without cluttering their streets and manipulating their workers in the process.

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