Our journalists trouped down to Las Vegas this week to revel, play about a slots, and oh yeah, strive the shimmering, gizmo-weighted down blueprint forward for transportation. The annual tech set CES tends to give fascinating and once quickly nutty glimpses into the future, nonetheless curiously adequate, what we saw this yr wasn’t all that diverse from what now we comprise got already purchased. The Department of Transportation rolled out a brand new coverage on self-utilizing cars that’s mostly a continuation of what it’s doing now. A intriguing conception car from Sony, of all companies, seems to be to set that infotainment goes to withhold being dapper considerable within the car residence. And obvious, yes, there had been good flying car prototypes from companies worship Hyundai and Bell.
Outdoors of Vegas, we examined how a law supposed to guard tech firm contractors has affected therapists, of all folks, and how disgraced Nissan govt Carlos Ghosn, charged in Japan for monetary crimes, snuck in a single other nation. It’s been per week; let’s salvage you caught up.
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Reports you comprise overlooked from WIRED this week
California’s new “gig economy” law went into execute at the starting set apart of the yr—nonetheless it’s having outcomes smartly beyond the folks who power for Uber, Lyft, and Doordash.
The US Department of Transportation has an up up to now coverage on self-utilizing cars, one that’s rapid on legislation and long on pork up for the alternate.
Sony releases an conception car (?!) at CES, proof that car is simplest going to became extra considerable within the conceal-’n’-speaker business.
The competition between lidar companies is tight—and simplest so many can continue to exist.
Some small print on dilapidated Nissan exec Carlos Ghosn’s salvage some distance from Japan.
Bell and Hyundai unveil their “flying car” prototypes in Vegas, though a Bell exec admits forthcoming regulatory requirements for battery propulsion in aviation will positively comprise an set on its closing product.
Dad of the Week
The award clearly goes to Tesla CEO Elon Musk. He started the week by pulling some extremely dad-ish strikes whereas celebrating the Shanghai Gigafactory’s very first cars, and rounded it out with the (maybe?) recount that his female friend, cyberpunk musician Grimes, is looking ahead to a brand new toddler. Appears to be like worship the contemporary faculty on the grounds of the SpaceX campus in California could perchance comprise a brand new student.
Stat of the Week
The fragment of workers laid off by scooter-fragment firm Lime this week, as it announced it would shut down 12 of its markets worldwide. Like a entire lot of its transportation startup brethren, the unicorn is attempting to identify how one can turn a profit. In the US, Sunbelt cities worship Atlanta, Phoenix, and San Diego are going Lime scooter-much less.
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