Our reporters trouped all the way down to Las Vegas this week to revel, play just a few slots, and oh yeah, try the shiny, gizmo-laden way forward for transportation. The annual tech present CES tends to supply intriguing and typically nutty glimpses into the long run, however curiously sufficient, what we noticed this 12 months wasn’t all that completely different from what we have already got. The Division of Transportation rolled out a brand new coverage on self-driving vehicles that’s principally a continuation of what it’s doing now. A provocative idea automotive from Sony, of all firms, appears to show that infotainment goes to maintain being tremendous necessary within the automotive area. And positive, sure, there have been huge flying automotive prototypes from firms like Hyundai and Bell.
Outdoors of Vegas, we examined how a regulation meant to guard tech firm contractors has affected therapists, of all folks, and the way disgraced Nissan government Carlos Ghosn, charged in Japan for monetary crimes, snuck in a foreign country. It’s been per week; let’s get you caught up.
Tales you may need missed from WIRED this week
Dad of the Week
The award clearly goes to Tesla CEO Elon Musk. He started the week by pulling some extremely dad-ish moves whereas celebrating the Shanghai Gigafactory’s very first vehicles, and rounded it out with the (maybe?) reveal that his girlfriend, cyberpunk musician Grimes, is anticipating a brand new child. Appears to be like just like the unique school on the grounds of the SpaceX campus in California might have a brand new scholar.
Stat of the Week
The share of staff laid off by scooter-share company Lime this week, because it introduced it might shut down 12 of its markets worldwide. Like a lot of its transportation startup brethren, the unicorn is making an attempt to determine how you can flip a revenue. Within the US, Sunbelt cities like Atlanta, Phoenix, and San Diego are going Lime scooter-less.
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