How Self-Driving Has Changed Since Uber's Crash and More Car News

WIRED | 3/24/2019 | Aarian Marshall
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Thinking about the fantastic pie-in-the-sky future is always a fun exercise. I, too, want a self-driving car. But some weeks, it’s clear everyone needs to come down to earth. This was one of them.

Tesla sued two other electric vehicle companies focusing on self-driving for trade secret theft, proving that building this tech will be a grind. Peloton Technology let me hang out on its not-at-all-driverless truck, and explained how its approach could save lives and beat the robo-focused competition to market. What's more, we reflected on the one-year anniversary of the fatal Uber self-driving crash, which forced the industry to become more introspective and realistic about the limitations of its tech.

Plenty - Others - Transpo - Tech - Today

OK, but that said: Plenty of others are making fancy transpo tech happen today. One of our reporters flew a helicopter with zero experience; another took to a mountain bike to explore the latest, greatest, and yes, superexpensive-est in bicycle technology. It’s been a week: Let’s get you caught up.

Tesla went to (legal) war over intellectual property issues, suing rivals Zoox and XMotors.ai (plus some former Tesla employees) for trade secret theft.

Drivers - Volvo - Cameras - Cars - Decade

It’s over for you, drunk drivers: Volvo announces it will build inward-facing cameras into its new cars in the next decade to monitor driver alertness and attention. And it will cap all its cars at 112 mph.

Welcome to the age of the smart bicycle, which might one day spot road hazards or adjust your suspension faster than you ever could.

Year - Uber - Struck - Arizona - Woman

One year after a self-driving Uber struck and killed an Arizona woman, the industry is taking a more circumspect approach to the tech—including tamping down its predictions about when and where it will show up.

Peloton Technology, the startup behind not-quite-autonomous truck tech, explained its approach to testing and safety—and why it’s not bullish on driverless trucks after all.

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