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Uber CEO wants more riders on scooters and bikes, even if it brings in less money

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is all in on bikes.Image: Michele Tantussi/Getty Images Uber is a ride-hailing app, but lately it’s become an app for riding an electric bike or scooter, renting a car, and even checking when the bus is coming. In an interview released over the weekend in the Financial Times, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi emphasized his goal of turning Uber into a diverse mobility platform. Translation: He wants the app to offer passengers as many different ways to get around as possible. It’s not just about ordering a…

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Bugatti’s new Divo super sports car is slower, but pricier than Chiron

Bugatti goes big with an even flashier race car, the Divo.Image: bugatti Named for French racing driver Alberto Divo, Bugatti’s latest sports car was revealed this week as an ultra-ultra super sports car. The Divo — not to be confused with the French automaker’s $3 million Chiron — is a lighter sports car (77 pounds to be exact) with a subtly different look and improved cooling system. The brakes are cooled from four different air flows keeping tire temperature optimal for speed racing. With lightweight tires, less compartment space, and…

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Infiniti’s Prototype 10 is a sleek electric racing convertible

The Prototype 10 is an electric speedster.Image: infiniti Infiniti has big goals for electrifying its entire roster of vehicles, and the Prototype 10 is the perfect example of just how far the company is pushing the boundaries of its newer electric cars. Infiniti revealed its electric speedster concept car Thursday at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California as part of its plans to feature long-range electric or hybrid electric in every new Infiniti starting in 2021. SEE ALSO: Volkswagen will build two of its all-electric vehicles in the…

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The Missed Connections of San Francisco’s Gleaming New Transit Station

Rolling into San Francisco’s new bus terminal has all the vibes of docking with a Googie space station—the weird, special bridge into the hangar, the orange color accents behind a white superstructure, glowing information screens everywhere. The hieroglyphically obtuse wayfinding signage only adds to the effect. I may have gotten on a bus in the East Bay, but I’m disembarking on Space Station V, in transit to Clavius. That’s no moon. It’s the “Salesforce Transit Center” (owing to a naming-rights deal with the company that owns the skyscraper next door),…

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Take a ride with the woman who took the first-ever road trip

For its Instagram TV debut Monday, Mercedes-Benz uploaded a short film portraying the (re-enacted) car ride Bertha Benz took in 1888.  SEE ALSO: A brief history of the evolution of futuristic cars On an August morning, Benz took out her husband Karl’s newly invented automobile (more like a motorized carriage), the Benz Patent-Motorwagen, and started off on a 60-mile journey through Germany with her two teenage sons. (In the video, they help send her off by pushing the car’s wheels.) This became the first real drive in an automobile. Today,…

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Ford put drivers into camouflaged ‘seat suits’ to develop a self-driving language

Ford's self-driving vehicles have been on the roads in Miami.Image: ford That man who dressed as a car seat to make it look like he was in a self-driving car last year was, in fact, not a terrible Halloween costume, but part of a study for Ford’s self-driving cars.  At the time, pesky reporters quickly uncovered that the disguised driver was with the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. Now we also know that that covert driving attire was to help Ford’s self-driving car team shape a “common language” for cars to…

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Flight-sharing startup Blackbird offers low-cost ‘plane-pooling’

Like Uber Pool, but for private air travel.Image: Blackbird No shoes were removed, no toiletries put into separate clear bags, and there was no need to arrive two hours before the flight.  As part of flight-sharing app Blackbird’s media flight, we walked right onto the tarmac to the door of our plane at the small but busy San Carlos Airport. San Francisco International is just 10 miles away, but this tiny airport would end up being much more efficient for a quick jaunt down the California coast. SEE ALSO: Behind…

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Elon Musk’s Tesla Tweets Could Spark a Fight With the SEC

Elon Musk is, if nothing else, a warrior. He has battled short sellers. He was waged war against the auto industry and the National Transportation Safety Board. He has scrapped with the media and Los Angeles traffic and, because 2018, Azealia Banks. Now, Musk may be in yet another battle, with the US Securities and Exchange Commissions. This all started a week ago, when the Tesla CEO tweeted, “Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured.” But as Musk revealed in a Monday blog post, that funding may not,…

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Meet the UKs New, Very British Fighter Jet

Tally-ho, chocks away, and jolly good show: The UK’s new Tempest fighter jet will be a decidedly British affair. In July, the UK’s Ministry of Defense announced its new jet will be developed almost exclusively on British soil. The Brits hope the airplane will exhibit the country's military prowess even as it exits the European Union, and as its traditional defense partners and longtime allies in the United States back into isolationism. The Royal Air Force’s current key aircraft, the Eurofighter Typhoon and the Lockheed Martin F-35, are both the…

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Airstreams $40,000 Baby Trailer Gets an Off-Roading Upgrade

If you’re considering adding some #vanlife to your Instagram feed but lack either (a) a van, or (b) a place outside your Bushwick walk-up to stash the 28-foot Airstream Land Yacht, consider the Airstream Basecamp. At 16 feet long and 2,635 pounds, the silver bullet’s baby brother is svelte enough to be towed with most midsize SUVs and short enough to slide into a New York City parking spot. If that wasn’t convenient enough, this week Airstream released an optional upgrade to make the Basecamp even better suited for your…

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This Week in the Future of Cars: The Inside Look

Every so often, WIRED gets to take a good, long sojourn behind the scenes, to observe what the people we write about are doing all day. This was one of those nice weeks. Editor Alex Davies hopped a plane to Winnemucca, an isolated mining town in northern Nevada that’s hosting Alphabet’s latest moonshot: its effort to spread the gospel of internet via broadcasting balloons. Senior writer Jessi Hempl got under Uber’s hood after the announcement that HR chief Liane Hornsey—the woman brought in to fix the unicorn’s culture—resigned for improperly…

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The Engineering Behind Elon Musk’s Bid to Save Thailand’s Cave Boys

Around 6 pm Tuesday at Tham Luang in Thailand, the last of the 13 survivors who had spent 18 days trapped in a cave emerged to safety. A rescue team had spent the past three days getting the boys out after five days of desperate planning and calculations since their discovery. As the boys’ oxygen supply dwindled, doubts in the rescuers’ ability to save them mounted. The boys weren’t trained scuba divers, and they were facing a voyage on which a pro Thai Navy SEAL died, while placing oxygen tank…

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The Terrible Timing of Tesla’s Expiring $7,500 Tax Credit

Just a few weeks after finally reaching its goal of building 5,000 Model 3 sedans in a week, Tesla has hit another threshold: Earlier this month, it sold its 200,000th car in the US. This milestone, however, is more cause for concern than celebration: From here on out, Elon Musk's customers will start to lose access to the $7,500 federal tax credit that softens the blow of buying an expensive electric. The tax credit scheme dates to the 2008 Energy Improvement and Extension Act, which boosted the budding electric car…

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Inside X, the Moonshot Factory Racing to Build the Next Google

At 6:40 in the morning, a klaxon horn sounds three times. “Gas!” a man in a hard hat and fluorescent vest yells out. There’s a hissing noise, and the helium starts flowing. From the tanks stacked like cordwood on a nearby truck, the gas moves through a series of hoses until it’s 55 feet up, then through a copper pipe and into the top of a plastic tube that hangs down to the ground, like a shed snake skin held up for inspection. It’s a Wednesday in late June in…

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Elon Musk visits Shanghai to announce first Tesla factory outside U.S.

Right after Tesla raised the prices of its cars by at least $20,000 each due to China's increased import tariffs on American-made cars, the company announced it would open its first international factory in Shanghai today. This will allow the car manufacturer to circumvent the newly imposed taxes.Image: Shanghai Municipal People’s government A looming trade war with China hasn’t slowed down Elon Musk or his beloved brainchild Tesla. Right after the car company was forced to raise the prices of its cars by at least $20,000 each due to China’s…

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