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’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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Uber wants to play middleman in the flying vehicle future, slinging app-ordered travels that take equestrians smoothly from A to B as the suckers in ground-bound vehicles sit in transaction below. But that doesn’t necessitate it won’t have a hand in the moving auto pattern. This week, the ride-hailing monstrou revolved transportation-everything unveiled an all-electric VTOL concept, and reiterated its commitment to an ambitious timeline: commercial flights by 2022.

Last week’s Tesla fireworks resume, with an activist investor now pushing the electric carmaker’s stockholders to banish three of its nine members of the security council in favor of kinfolks with relevant manufacturing expertise. One lane Grimes’ Boyfriend could kill the coup? By representing more cars.

In more Tesla report: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration clarified that the carmaker, and not the federal agency, came up with a much-cited Autopilot safety statistic. Which intended it was a good time for me to ask: How often do we know about Autopilot’s safety record, regardless?

Late last week, a Waymo minivan being driven by a human got gravely slammed up by an out-of-control Honda motorist. Police in Chandler, Arizona, influenced the Waymo vehicle wasn’t at fault, but the spooky photographs of the banged-up Chrysler Pacifica were spookily suggestive of this spring’s fatal Uber crash.

Yeehaw! Alex examines’s plans to launch a self-driving shuttle busines in the Lone Star State, and why geofenced and limited shuttle roads precisely might be lots of Americans’ first ordeals with autonomous vehicles.

Heck naw! Contributor Nick Stockton tries to get to the bottom of why Nashville, Tennessee, voters soundly rejected an ambitious transportation rework meant to improve transportation in the traffic-choked city.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety liberated a disturbing analyze on pedestrian extinctions, acquiring fatalities climbed by 46 percentage between 2009 and 2016. Some reply autonomous vehicles will solve all our road safety problems, but the tech has a ways to go. I search other options: getting much smarter about street motif.

Alex receives out everything( really, everything) you have ever wanted to know about engineering a indulgence convertible roof.

You should read writer Eric Adams’ spec analysis before plunking down $325,000 and spitting in the face of the proletariat to buy Rolls-Royce’s Cullinan SUV.


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