No one said it would be easy. As automakers, developers, and tech firms spout stores into self-driving, electrical, and yes, operating autoes, there were bound to be some mistakes along the way. This week, we got a look at a few. A few hours into its first day on the job, a Las Vegas autonomous shuttle got in a fender-bender with a( human-driven) truck. Electric vehicles are facing down a threat in the form of the Republican tax plan, which could do away with federal aids–not quite an industry-buster, but grim report for the burgeoning American EV sector.
In the “trial” column, we have actual driverless automobiles zooming around Arizona, Uber’s newest entreat to shape flying automobiles a reality in Los Angeles, and some German investigates who are not afraid to get goofy in their quest to understand AVs. Let’s get your caught up.
And straddling the two, we have a look back at the Darpa Grand Challenges, the trio of geek-glorifying races that took the idea of driverless gondolas from “LOL” to “IRL, ” with more than a few fumbles along the way.
Stories you might have missed from WIRED this week