For a while there, the federal authorities was really arms off with autonomous autos. But this week, the Section of Transportation built some tweaks to its car design and style rules when it reported it would enable the robotic shipping and delivery car company Nuro to work up to five,000 mini-cars that do not fairly fit regular guidelines. You see, no one particular rides inside Nuro’s autos, so DOT is heading to let the company get absent with nixing side watch mirrors and windshields. It could seem minor, but the exemption demonstrates that federal officials are completely ready to make the sort of improvements that will free of charge robotic autos to rule the highway.
Also this week: A guy with a wagon tips Google Maps and Tesla inventory goes unquestionably bananas. It is been a week let’s get you caught up.
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One particular German artist + 99 phones + one particular minor purple wagon = a considered-provoking Google Maps “hack.”
Truth Check of the 7 days
The New York Moments printed a deep dive into the electric cars advertised for the duration of the Super Bowl (due to the fact who doesn’t want to check out Arya Stark warble a Disney traditional behind the wheel of an Audi e-Tron Sportback?). But the paper pointed out that carmakers expended just .3 percent of their advertisement dollars on EVs very last 12 months, which accounted for one.9 percent of vehicle income.
Stat of the 7 days: 21.five%
The soar in bicycle-share ridership on San Francisco’s new stretch of personal automobile-free of charge highway, according to Lyft-owned Bay Wheels, the bicycle-share provider. The number indicates town denizens are getting significant benefit of the city’s biking-friendlier infrastructure. Quoth the company: “Keep on ridin’, SF!”
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