A Cab’s-Eye View of How Peloton’s Trucks ‘Talk’ to Each Other

A Cab’s-Eye View of How Peloton’s Trucks ‘Talk’ to Each Other

Techno-optimist prognosticators will tell you that driverless trucks are just around the corner. They will also gently tell you—always gently—that yes, truck driving, a job that nearly 3.7 million Americans perform today, is perhaps on the brink of extinction. At the very least, on the brink of uncomfortable change. A startup called Peloton Technology sees the future a bit differently. Based in Mountain View, California, the eight-year-old company has a plan to broadly commercialize a partially automated truck technology called

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Boeing’s Grounded 737s Won’t Cause Massive Flight Delays

Boeing's Grounded 737s Won't Cause Massive Flight Delays

On Wednesday, America’s Federal Aviation Administration joined the rest of the world and grounded the Boeing 737 MAX 8, the airplane involved in a deadly crash in Ethiopia on Sunday, and another in Indonesia five months ago. New data and evidence led the agency to reverse course, the FAA said in the statement, including “newly refined satellite data” made available to the agency on Wednesday morning. The agency demanded all US-operated 737 MAX jets remain on the ground until further

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Tesla’s $35,000 Model 3 Arrives and More Cars News This Week

Tesla’s $35,000 Model 3 Arrives and More Cars News This Week

Cast your eyes about the transportation landscape, and you’ll see plenty of high-wire acts. Take Tesla, which this week announced it would finally roll out a $35,000 Model 3, a year and a half after it began production of the sedan. Good news if you’ve been on the waiting list for the car; bad news if you’re a salesperson at one of Tesla’s stores, many of which will close to save money as the company moves to an online-only sales

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Digging Into Self-Driving Data and More Car News This Week

Digging Into Self-Driving Data and More Car News This Week

The self-driving car world is a secretive one, where software, hardware, and testing methods are jealously guarded (and occasionally spark a major lawsuit). But this week, we got a glimpse into what these developers have actually been up to, thanks first to a newly released batch of “disengagement” reports every autonomous vehicle outfit testing in California provides to the state at the end of each year. The disengagement data isn’t too helpful, but the reports do reveal a serious spike

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CES’s Flying Taxis, and More of This Week’s Car News

CES’s Flying Taxis, and More of This Week’s Car News

The Consumer Electronics Show, the annual moot of the tech gadget industry, is always on the trippy side. But zoom in on CES’s transportation options and it gets downright hallucinatory. Cars with legs, flying taxis, sensors that watch your face while you drive, robot deaths, an Uber for … cabs. While we recover from Vegas, please be advised that what happened there last week has not stayed there. We’ve got you covered. Also this week: Ford nixes Chariot, its app-based

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Ford Shuts Down Its Chariot Shuttle Service

Ford Shuts Down Its Chariot Shuttle Service

Chariot has crashed. On Thursday, five years after launching and two and half years after being acquired by Ford for a reported $65 million, the app-based shuttle service announced it is rolling to a permanent stop. Transportation technology companies have never been sexier than in the past decade, but this stumble is a potent reminder that creating a profitable transportation business can be far harder than it seems. When Chariot launched in 2014, it joined a wave of Uber-inspired “microtransit”

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Lyft Expands Citi Bike in NYC, and Uber Is None too Happy

Lyft Expands Citi Bike in NYC, and Uber Is None too Happy

American bike-share is growing—and getting way more contentious. On Thursday, Lyft announced it had completed its acquisition of North America’s largest bike-share operator, Motivate, after previewing the deal in July. Motivate operates the Bay Area’s Ford GoBike, Chicago’s Divvy, Washington, DC’s Capital Bikeshare, New York City’s Citi Bike, and five other US systems. Citi Bike is already the biggest bike-share system in the country, and under Lyft’s ownership, it’s about to get bigger. In an announcement with New York City

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Online Shopping From the Couch Worsens Traffic on the Roads

Online Shopping From the Couch Worsens Traffic on the Roads

Is there anything more magical than ordering something online? The click of a button, the already saved credit card info, the shiver-inducing free shipping. Little wonder the US Postal Service expects to deliver 900 million packages between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Fedex and UPS except to haul about 1.2 billion packages between them, up more than 10 percent since 2016. But if you hate traffic as much as you love online shopping, freeze that finger. Research completed in the past

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This Week in the Future of Cars: Electric Start

This Week in the Future of Cars: Electric Start

Hark, the electric car! EVs have had a blockbuster half-decade, regulation-wise, with big countries like China and US giving the nascent tech a boost in pursuit of their own climate goals. So this week wasn’t so much a departure as an exciting continuation of a trend. Audi released its E-tron SUV, complete with a glitzy, 1,500-person party in the Bay Area, and in addition to checking out the new ride, we took stock of all the new battery-charged autos on

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