Yeah, WIRED Transportation loves new car tech. But this week, we were all about alternatives to driving around on four wheels. We thought about what might make public transit more comfortable for more than half of the population—you know, women. We pondered the feasibility of self-riding bikes and scooters. (Uber is really working on them!) We wondered what might happen to the nation’s aviation system now that the federal government is open again—and came away depressed. And we took a close look at Amazon’s delivery robots. Why leave your house at all?
It’s been a week—let’s get you caught up.
Stories you might have missed from WIRED this week
Out-of-Left-Field Hero of the Week
When was the last time New York’s LaGuardia Airport did something nice for you? The airport, which is consistently ranked among the worst in the country and was famously likened by former Vice President Joe Biden to a “third world country”, may have played an instrumental role in the conclusion of the nation’s longer federal shutdown. On Friday, the airport had to halt all traffic due to “staffing issues” at a nearby air traffic control center. Just hours later, President Donald Trump said he and congressional leaders had reached an agreement to open the government for three weeks. Thanks, LaGuardia? (Also, the air traffic controllers.)
Stat of the Week
According to a new study by UCLA medical researchers, nearly a third of the 249 electric-scooter-related injuries that brought people to two LA-area hospitals in between September 2017 and September 2018 were fractures—mostly arm, shoulder, and leg fractures. Other top injuries included head injuries (40.2 percent) and contusions and sprains (26.9 percent). Five patients were admitted to emergency hospitals with intracranial hemorrhaging.
News from elsewhere on the internet
In the Rearview
Essential stories from WIRED’s canonwhen you can ride a bike at 184 mph?
- Uber’s self-driving truck company just completed its first shipment: 50,000 cans of Budweiser
- Uber: 'we'll ease the transition to self-driving cars'
- What Lyft and Aptiv learned from 100,000 self-driving car trips
- Uber gets permit to restart testing its self-driving cars in California
- Take a virtual ride in one of Waymo’s self-driving cars with this video
- Nuro's R2 vehicle has been granted the NHTSA's first regulatory exemption for a custom self-driving car
- Fiat Chrysler partners with self-driving car startup AutoX to bring a robo-taxi service to China by Q3 2020
- Uber cleared to restart self-driving car testing in California
- U.S. House panel to hold hearing on future of self-driving cars
- Uber gets California nod to restart self-driving test