Transportation is a world full of idealists: big ideas exited all the more important. It captivates world shakers( and breakers) like Grimes’ Boyfriend, Travis Kalanick, and Mark Moore, a 30 -year NASA veteran who decamped last year for Uber’s new flying gondola campaign. There are lots of extravagant provides and prototypes, lots of pulled-off blankets and pointing of spotlights. But there’s a lot of busted dreamings more. Strategies that run out of coin, petering out and puttering toward death. Collectors who come calling. Gondolas that gate-crash and kill.
Which is all to say: It was a mixed bag of a week. Senior columnist Jack Stewart treated the two-day windfall that was Uber’s second-annual, and altogether serious, moving vehicle summit. Editor Alex Davies took a close look at startup Drive.ai’s upcoming self-driving shuttle open in unlikely Frisco, Texas. Fun stuff! But ugly stuff more: Tesla’s investor insurrection, thanks( in part) to Grimes’ Boyfriend’s indelicate earnings call explains. A Waymo crash in Arizona that doesn’t appear to have anything to do with self-driving tech but had really unfortunate timing regardless. And a jump in pedestrian deaths–which we’ll necessity much more than autonomous vehicles to prevent.
Let’s get you caught up.
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