Elon Musk Gets an Uninteresting Consumer and More This Week in Automobile News

Elon Musk Gets an Uninteresting Consumer and More This Week in Automobile News

General Motors automobiles get a new, “electronic” soul.


Today, WIRED Transpo took a look at a couple of littles tech that may not sound alluring– however oh, magic lives in the details. General Motors’ new electronic platform should open a whole new world of in-car software, at precisely the moment when customers start to expect their lorries’ devices run even more efficiently than their phones. (Crashing cars and truck software application is no good.) Self-driving start-up Aurora, the one run by all those high-powered autonomous alums, got a lidar business, at precisely the moment when lidar feels a bit ho-hum. However no, Aurora insists– this velocity-detecting laser tech truly will unlock AVs. And we explored the rationale (and complicated logistics) behind bus services to trailheads Turns out the future of United States public lands might just hinge on those sorts of transit experiments.

Plus, Elon Musk’s Boring Business earns (the first part of) a paycheck, a helicopter flies upside down over New York City (do not try that at home! Or anywhere, truly), and a new report finds VW’s Dieselgate settlement funds probably aren’t going where you anticipated. It’s been a week; let’s get you caught up.


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Bespoke Rolls-Royce Champagne Chest of the Week

Once in awhile, a luxury car brand rolls out a device that is too ridiculous to ignore. This week, we have the Rolls-Royce Champagne Chest, which, according to the business, “enhances conviviality with one’s closest pals, family or company associates.” How, you state? Once open, the exterior cover becomes a Tudor Oak wood serving tray, revealing the 4 embroidered, monogrammed cotton napkins hid inside. The chest lights up, illuminating its four hand-blown crystal champagne flutes, “arranged to evoke memories of a V12 engine.” Unfurl the chest’s side hammocks, and you will discover houses perfectly developed to “cradle” champagne, caviar or canapes. I know what I’m doing this weekend.


Stat of the Week


The drop in Tesla’s stock price considering that the start of the year. Today’s drop comes after Wall Streets analysts— and especially long time Tesla optimists at Morgan Stanley— showed they have concerns about need for the Model 3.

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