Sunday, October 25, 2020

A Lawmaker Wants Fast Trains to Rev Up the US Economy

Accuse Representative Seth Moulton of loving trains too much at your peril. Yes, the Massachusetts Democrat worked for a time on a high-speed-rail project...

Elon Musk Defies Lockdown Orders and Reopens Tesla's Factory

Alameda County has reported 2,101 cases of Covid-19 and 71 deaths. But factory workers travel to the Fremont facility from as far away as...

The Pandemic Strands Some Ship Crews at Sea, Others On Shore

The seafaring life can be tough even in normal times. It requires long stretches away from home and hard work for companies that keep...

Fantastical Plans Are on Hold, and More Car News This Week

It continues to be pretty awful out there in the world. Flying cars might not be coming anytime soon, the Google sister company Sidewalk...

Covid-19 Casts a Dark Cloud Over the Flying Car Future

The electric air taxi business—spurred along for years by Uber’s Elevate initiative and also known as flying cars—is flying into a cloudy unknown: The...

Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs Scraps Its Ambitious Toronto Project

When Google sibling Sidewalk Labs announced in 2017 a $50 million investment into a project to redevelop a portion of Toronto’s waterfront, it seemed...

As Cities Reopen, Outdoor Dining May Provide a Lifeline

The virus can be spread from droplets that an infected person coughs or sneezes, but researchers still aren’t sure how infectious those droplets are....

Sleeker Lidar Moves Volvo Closer to Selling a Self-Driving Car

If any automaker has made its name synonymous with safety, it’s Volvo. The Swedish outfit’s marketing department deserves some credit there, for sure, but...

California Sues Uber and Lyft to Classify Drivers as Employees

The State of California and three of its biggest cities sued Uber and Lyft Tuesday for misclassifying hundreds of thousands of drivers as independent...

Covid-19 Spurs a Road Repair Boom—and Threatens a Bust

Until a few weeks ago, the California Department of Transportation was girding itself for a summer disaster. Come July, it was planning to shut...

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If we want equitable smart cities, we need support from philanthropy

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