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Forget Elon Musk's Troubles—Tesla Had a Blockbuster 2018

When I first drove the Tesla Model 3 in March 2018, I attracted so much attention from the denizens of Los Angeles that it bordered on embarrassing. The hoi polloi of Beverly Hills walked right by Lamborghinis and Aston Martins to ogle the Tesla. They even wandered into traffic to …

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Robocars, Elon, and More This Year in the Future of Cars

Well, it’s been a year in transportation. There were self-driving cars and electric trucks. There was the old guard of tech—now-ancient companies like Uber and Lyft—and new upstarts, like the scooter mavens at Bird and Lime. Lots of people got in trouble. Some emerged victorious. CEOs said outrageous and surprising …

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Super-Fast Airport Scanners Are Coming—Eventually

Some passengers traveling through Denver International Airport this holiday season are in for a treat—or what amounts to a treat in today’s high-throughput, high-stress security environment. As they go through TSA screening, they’ll be able to keep their hands at their sides because of a new type of rapid body …

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Arcimoto's Electric FUV 3-Wheeler Makes City Driving a Blast

“It’s fully electric!” Mark Frohnmayer yells to the guy in the pickup truck idling next to us. It’s a sunny Friday afternoon on San Francisco’s Embarcadero, and Frohnmayer and I are the center of attention at this red light. Now there’s another guy in another pickup truck, on the other …

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StreetCred Is Challenging Google Maps—and It Wants Your Help

A whole lifetime in New York City, and Christiana Ting didn’t realize just how many urgent care facilities there were until the app told her to start looking for them. “They were giving extra points for a medical offices, and I found them, I think, on every block,” she says. …

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Uber's Self-Driving Cars Are Back on Pittsburgh Streets

They’re back. A small number of self-driving cars being developed by Uber will return on Wednesday to a handful of public roads in Pittsburgh. It’s the company’s first foray into live vehicle testing since one of its Volvo XC-90 SUVs struck and killed 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg in March while she …

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With the E-tron, Audi Shows What an Electric SUV Can Be

Masdar City, a squeaky-clean planned city under development outside Abu Dhabi, grew from the sand with a single vision: help the United Arab Emirates wean itself off its own vast oil reserves. The 10-year-old micro-metropolis serves as an incubator for clean-technology companies. It incorporates the latest design and construction strategies …

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Elon Musk Unveils the Boring Company’s Car-Flinging Tunnel

From a parking lot in a quiet, manufacturing-dominated suburb of Los Angeles, Elon Musk and his Boring Company tonight unveiled what he believes is the future of “mass transit” and the best way to eliminate the scourge of traffic: electric, autonomous vehicles carrying an extra set of wheels, shooting through …

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It’s Showtime for Elon Musk’s Tunnel, With a Long Way to Go

HAWTHORNE, Calif. — Fed up with Southern California vehicle snarls, Elon Musk set out to solve the persistent urban irritant: the traffic. But rather than build atop the highway system, where his Tesla cars travel, or in the sky, home to his SpaceX rockets, he sought an answer under his …

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