Want to Fix Urban Sprawl? Ditch the Cul-de-Sac
by Flavie Halais on May 31, 2020 at 11:00 am
Streets arranged in grids, with few dead-ends, encourage walking and transit. But in developing countries, growing cities are taking the opposite route.
In the Walking Capitals of the World, Drivers Still Rule the Road
by Flavie Halais on May 30, 2020 at 11:00 am
In sub-Saharan Africa, about half of travelers move around by foot. Yet in its cities, conditions for pedestrians remain incredibly dangerous.
Informal Transit Is Crucial for Some. Can It Weather Covid-19?
by Flavie Halais on May 24, 2020 at 12:00 pm
The pandemic highlights the vulnerability of workers for private transportation services, which are essential to mobility in global south cities.
A Lawmaker Wants Fast Trains to Rev Up the US Economy
by Aarian Marshall on May 19, 2020 at 11:00 am
US representative Seth Moulton of Massachusetts proposes spending $205 billion over 5 years to connect Chicago with Atlanta, Portland with Vancouver.
Elon Musk Defies Lockdown Orders and Reopens Tesla's Factory
by Aarian Marshall on May 11, 2020 at 11:38 pm
The CEO sued a California county over the weekend and threatened to move the company to Texas—his latest tangle with government authorities.
The Pandemic Strands Some Ship Crews at Sea, Others On Shore
by Alex Davies on May 11, 2020 at 11:00 am
Travel restrictions are blocking some marine workers from reaching their assigned ships. That's forcing others on extended tours.
Fantastical Plans Are on Hold, and More Car News This Week
by Aarian Marshall on May 10, 2020 at 1:00 pm
The Covid-19 pandemic will delay the arrival of flying cars, and Google sibling Sidewalk Labs abandons plans to remake part of Toronto's waterfront.
Covid-19 Casts a Dark Cloud Over the Flying Car Future
by Eric Adams on May 9, 2020 at 11:00 am
An economic slump is no good for a long shot business that's just starting to take off.
Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs Scraps Its Ambitious Toronto Project
by Aarian Marshall on May 7, 2020 at 10:38 pm
The Google sibling envisioned a tech-enabled and eco-friendly neighborhood. But residents rebelled over plans to collect and use their data, among other things.
As Cities Reopen, Outdoor Dining May Provide a Lifeline
by Aarian Marshall on May 7, 2020 at 11:00 am
Restaurants are anxious to expand beyond takeout, and some researchers believe open-air transmission of the coronavirus is rare.
Sleeker Lidar Moves Volvo Closer to Selling a Self-Driving Car
by Alex Davies on May 6, 2020 at 1:00 pm
Using technology from Silicon Valley's Luminar, the Swedish automaker plans to offer completely autonomous highway driving by 2022.
California Sues Uber and Lyft to Classify Drivers as Employees
by Aarian Marshall on May 5, 2020 at 9:31 pm
The state and three cities say the ride-hail companies are violating a new state law. The suit could lead to tens of millions of dollars in fines.
Covid-19 Spurs a Road Repair Boom—and Threatens a Bust
by Alex Davies on May 4, 2020 at 11:00 am
Empty highways clear the way for speedier construction projects, but loss of fuel taxes could bring them to a halt.
Fewer Wrecks, Grounded Planes, and More Car News This Week
by Aarian Marshall on May 3, 2020 at 1:00 pm
Stay-at-home orders mean less traffic and fewer serious crashes, saving lives and money. Plus, Elon Musk does it again.
Elon Musk Says Tesla Stock Is ‘Too High’—and It Quickly Falls
by Aarian Marshall on May 1, 2020 at 8:19 pm
An early-morning tweet punctuates a week in which the CEO has complained loudly and often about coronavirus-induced lockdowns.
Jaguar Envisions Car Design for a Post-Pandemic World
by Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica on April 30, 2020 at 2:00 pm
Julian Thomson, the automaker's director of design, shares his predictions for what drivers can look forward to.
Tesla Posts Another Profit as Musk Slams Virus Restrictions
by Aarian Marshall on April 30, 2020 at 1:38 am
The CEO has criticized shelter-in-place orders, which have forced the closure of the company's California assembly plant.
Planes Are Still Flying, but Covid-19 Recovery Will Be Tough
by Alex Davies on April 29, 2020 at 11:00 am
Air travel is down more than 90 percent from last year, and analysts say the rebound will be slower than following 9/11 or the financial crisis.
Delivery Robots Aren't Ready—When They Could Be Needed Most
by Aarian Marshall on April 28, 2020 at 12:00 pm
Sheltering in place has driven up demand for deliveries, but machines still have trouble confronting the unpredictability of the real world.
A Coronavirus Silver Lining: Less Driving, Fewer Crashes
by Alex Davies on April 27, 2020 at 12:00 pm
A study finds that California lockdown restrictions reduced crashes that kill or seriously injure people to 200 a day, down from 400 in the same period last […]