Wednesday, May 27, 2020

A Coronavirus Silver Lining: Less Driving, Fewer Crashes

For all the misery Covid-19 has wrought, the shelter-in-place orders imposed in the name of public health have yielded a few benefits, at least...

The Pandemic Could Be an Opportunity to Remake Cities

Last Tuesday, a Gemballa Mirage GT barrelled into a series of parked cars on a Manhattan street. The driver fled and was arrested. And...

Build Cities for Bikes, Buses, and Feet—Not Cars

The Parisian version of Octavia, it turns out, isn't all he'd hoped. “We screwed this one up,” Tumlin says. “The island is too narrow,...

Public Transit Cuts Hurt 'Essential' Workers Who Need It Most

Jason Young got up at 4am Friday. It was his daughter’s birthday, so he’d taken the early shift at the Giant Food grocery store...

News Rules Could Finally Clear the Way for Self-Driving Cars

Since an internet search company named Google began testing self-driving vehicles more than a decade ago, the still-in-development technology has faced a niggling issue:...

Anthony Levandowski Pleads Guilty to Stealing Waymo Secrets

Anthony Levandowski, the once-lauded engineer who cofounded Google’s self-driving car project and helped spark interest in autonomous vehicles, pled guilty Thursday to stealing a...

The Feds Ban a Self-Driving Shuttle Fleet From Carrying People

Late Tuesday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration—the federal agency in charge of road safety in the US—took the unusual step of ordering a...

A Safety Board Faults Tesla and Regulators in a Fatal 2018 Crash

NTSB can’t change federal or local policy, but it can make recommendations. It had plenty of those. NTSB reiterated two recommendations it issued during...

A Cobalt Crisis Could Put the Brakes on Electric Car Sales

Electric vehicle sales are soaring, with factories working full-pelt to churn out as many batteries as possible. And that’s creating some bottlenecks. Global production of...

Uber Changes Its Rules, and Drivers Adjust Their Strategies

On a recent morning in Santa Monica, California, Sergio Avedian pulled into the parking lot of a Vons supermarket, signed into the Uber driver...

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With restrictions easing, Guangzhou residents flock to streets and parks   Life in Chinese cities is gradually returning to pre-COVID-19 conditions, with traffic jams during peak...

The Toxic Intersection of Racism and Public Space

That Christian Cooper is still alive should not be taken for granted. His encounter with Amy Cooper in Central Park could have ended in...

What Our Post-Pandemic Behavior Might Look Like

There was a time in the not-too-distant past when it wasn’t widely understood that germs could pass from person to person. Before the late...

Over 160 sign letter in support of $32 billion for transit, but the fight...

Last week, the House of Representatives passed a COVID-19 relief bill that only included $15 billion in emergency support for public transportation. That’s not...