Russian Hackers Attacking U.S. Power Grid and Aviation, FBI Warns

April 13, 2018

U.S. officials warn of attacks, including on nuclear plants Cyber-attacks underway since at least March 2016, U.S. says reported in July that Russian hackers had breached more than a dozen power plants in seven states, an aggressive campaign that has since expanded to dozens of states, according to a person familiar with the investigation. "Since at least March 2016, Russian government cyber actors" have targeted "government entities and multiple U.S….

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RIP, VW Beetle: Volkswagen won’t make a new one

March 26, 2018

Farewell, sweet Beetle. Farewell.Image: Volkswagen Picture me, age 23. I’m shopping around for my first Adult car. While on the Volkswagen lot, surveying sensible Jettas and Passats, a round, enticing shape catches my eye: the Beetle. Should I? Do I dare? I’m tempted. It’s just so freaking cute! And fun! I run my hand along its rotund bumper, picture it in candy apple red, baby blue… yellow! Highway 1, here…

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Volvo’s Polestar and Volkswagen Unveil New Rivals for Tesla

March 26, 2018

If you're an auto industry bigwig, you're spending the week in calm, chocolate-gobbling, yodeling Switzerland. But despite its surroundings, there's nothing restrained about the Geneva Motor Show. The annual gathering is the venue of choice for supercar manufacturers, and so Europe's bastion of neutrality becomes a battleground where horsepower, luxury features, and dramatic styling win out. Among this year's first-timers is Polestar, the brand Volvo created last year to focus…

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Fully Self-Driving Cars Are Really Truly Coming to California

March 23, 2018

UPDATE: On Monday, February 26, California gave the official green light for self-driving cars without humans inside to begin testing on public roads. The first permits could be issued as early as April 2. The new rules do require a remote operator be able to control the vehicle—so expect to hear more about the quietly booming field of teleoperations. This story, about the details of those rules, originally ran on…

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Even More Evidence That Electric Cars Could Save the Planet

March 20, 2018

Everyone’s saying it: The future of driving is electric. The big-name car companies have plans to start giving Tesla some tough competition. Jaguar’s I-Pace electric SUV will be on sale soon, and Porsche is teasing a new concept Mission E Cross Turismo, which looks like an SUV’d Panamera (in a good way). And normal cars for regular people are going the same way. Combined, Ford and GM plan to offer…

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Porsches Tesla-Fighting Electric Sports Car Gets Its Own Supercharger Network

March 19, 2018

Much of driving a Porsche, or any sports car, is about confidence—the reassurance that you're sitting in a work of art that can also fling you away from a red light, putting the proletariat in their place: the rearview mirror. The rule holds for the automaker's upcoming Mission E, the all-electric sedan aiming to replace the Tesla Model S in the driveways of the rich and environmentally conscious, starting in…

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The Ordinary Engineering Behind the Horrifying Florida Bridge Collapse

The people of Sweetwater, Florida were supposed to wait until early 2019 for the Florida International University-Sweetwater University City Bridge to open. Instead, they will wait about that long for an official assessment from the National Transportation Safety Board of why it collapsed just five days after its installation, killing at least six people. Early Thursday afternoon, the 174-foot, 950-ton span of the pedestrian bridge crashed onto the eight-lane road…

March 17, 2018
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Waymo Takes the Final Step Before Launching Its Self-Driving Car Service

Nearly a decade after beginning life as Google’s self-driving car project—and helping make the idea of driverless cars real—Waymo is now the smallest of steps from launching a commercial service: It has members of the public riding in its retrofitted Chrysler Pacifica minivans, with nobody at the wheel. In a video Waymo CEO John Krafcik debuted Tuesday at South by Southwest, kids look at their phones, teens take selfies, and…

March 16, 2018
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Elon Musk’s and Donald Trump’s Twitter Tariff Tiff

It started, like so many things, on Twitter. Amidst a national debate over his promised tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum, President Trump tweeted on Wednesday that China has been asked to find ways to cut the trade deficit between the two countries by a billion dollars. (FWIW: The request comes from the US, which Trump didn’t specify, and the correct number is $100 billion.) “We look forward to seeing…

March 16, 2018
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This Week in the Future of Cars: The Robots Shoulder the Load

If the phrase “autonomous vehicle” makes you think of some four-wheeled pod tootling around the city, you need to think bigger. Like, a few tons bigger. For all the talk of robo-taxis, the smart money says that when this tech comes for our roads, it’ll start on the highway. And if you’re looking for proof, grab your sunglasses, a trucker hat, and a ticket to Arizona or Florida—the testing grounds…

March 11, 2018
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Self-Driving Cars Meet Their New Nemesis: Local Politicians

For many cities, here’s the toughest pill to swallow: Their mayors don’t actually have control of their streets. This is true of the metro Phoenix area, where Google’s self-driving sister company Waymo is testing cars without drivers inside. And Pittsburgh, where Uber tests. And Miami, where Ford will touch down with self-driving pizza delivery vehicles this month. And Boston, where cars powered by the developer NuTonomy are picking people up…

March 11, 2018
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Elon Musk’s Boring Company Is Now All About Public Transit, and It’s Confusing

From its conception in LA traffic in late 2016, Elon Musk’s Boring Company has had a simple vision: blasting torturous gridlock by putting people in tunnels. “Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging…” the Twitter-loving Tesla and SpaceX CEO tweeted. Musk went ahead and bought that boring machine, then another, and he’s using them to experiment with tunnel building techniques in Hawthorne, California, near SpaceX…

March 11, 2018
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Starsky Robotics Unleashes Its Truly Driverless Truck in Florida

On Tuesday, ride-hailing giant Uber announced it was doing a very cool, techno-futuristic thing: starting a commercial delivery service that included letting a truck drive itself 344 miles across Arizona. Of course, a trained safety operator sat behind the wheel the whole time, ready to take over if anything went awry. Pshaw, says a small startup called Starsky Robotics. In true Florida Man fashion, founder and CEO Stefan Seltz-Axmacher decided…

March 9, 2018
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Uber Freight is now hauling cargo with self-driving trucks

On the open road with Uber Freight.Image: uber  Self-driving trucks are moving freight in Arizona using Uber Freight, the company announced Tuesday. The tool helped transfer a load last month from the Midwest to its final destination in Southern California. For 340 miles of the trip, the truck drove itself across Arizona highways. Uber Freight has been coordinating hauls like this since November. SEE ALSO: Uber just launched a brand…

March 8, 2018
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Uber’s Self-Driving-Truck Scheme Hinges on Logistics, Not Tech

The most impressive thing about the Uber trip from the Midwest to Southern California wasn’t that the truck drove itself the 344 miles across Arizona. It was what happened when two men named Larry and Mark met at the western edge of the Copper State. Larry, the trained safety driver, had spent the autonomous voyage watching over his robot. Mark was freshly arrived from Los Angeles in a conventional truck….

March 7, 2018
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Inside the Million-Dollar Senna, McLaren’s Fiercest Road Car Ever

If you want to properly understand the million-dollar McLaren Senna supercar, you've got to make the pilgrimage to Woking, just southeast of London. There, you'll find McLaren’s UK Technology Center headquarters. What looks like a science fiction movie prop dropped in the English countryside is in fact home to the factory hand-building road cars, and McLaren's Formula 1 team. The kidney shaped structure wraps floor to ceiling glass around a…

March 5, 2018
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This Week in the Future of Cars: Building the Bones

Me? I’d be a disaster without bones. Floopy and floppy, probably not very fun to be around. You wouldn't do much better, I imagine. Yes, there’s a reason for skeletons. So please excuse the auto industry as it builds its own bony scaffolding, the infrastructure that will prop up the exciting money-making ventures of the future. We have General Motors and its new carbon fiber Sierra pickup, which, as transportation…

March 4, 2018
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GM One-Ups Ford With a Carbon-Fiber-Loaded Sierra Pickup Truck

If you’ve got any luck at all, your job comes with the occasional bit of entertainment—the times you get paid to fly business class, knock back some drinks, or spend a few hours outside. For Tim Herrick, it’s when he takes a bunch of cinder blocks, hoists them 6 feet in the air, then pulls a cord to release them, sending them plummeting groundward. “Those are the fun days,” says…

March 2, 2018
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Ford’s Miami Self-Driving Cars Will Tackle the Tricky Bits

If you work on self-driving cars, the cocktail party question people always ask is probably: When will I get to interact with one? For two years now, Ford Motor Company has had an answer—in 2021. That year, Ford wants to launch a self-driving taxi service, and it wants to start making deliveries with driverless vehicles. But before the Detroit automaker does any of that, it needs to figure out how…

March 1, 2018
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California won’t require back-up drivers for self-driving car tests

Uber's self-driving car program won't need drivers in the vehicle under new California regulations.Image: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images It’s the Wild West on California roads. On Monday, the state Department of Motor Vehicles announced it will allow autonomous cars on public roads without an approved driver. That means cars with no one in the driver’s seat can start being tested and driven throughout the state once the regulations go into effect…

February 27, 2018
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