Boeings 737 Crash, Teslas Model Y, and More News This Week

Here at WIRED Transportation, we get to write about all sorts of stuff. Self-driving cars. Hyperloops. Bike lane design. Subway maps. The occasional man dressed up as a car seat for an apparently legitimate purpose. You get the idea. So it’s rare when a mere one or two topics dominate our pages for an entire week. But that’s what happened over the past seven days. The first of those stories started Sunday morning, when a Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed a few minutes after taking off from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people aboard. From the start, the similarities to the deadly crash of Lion Air Flight 610 in October were striking: same type of …

Transportation Weekly: Waymo unleashes laser bear, Bird spreads its wings, Lyft tightens its belt

Welcome back to Transportation Weekly; I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch . This is the fifth edition of our newsletter and we love the reader feedback. Keep it coming. Never heard of TechCrunch’s Transportation Weekly? Catch up here, here and here. As I’ve written before, consider this a soft launch. Follow me on Twitter @kirstenkorosec to ensure you see it each week. (An email subscription is coming.) This week, we explore the world of light detection and ranging sensors known as LiDAR, young drivers, trouble in Barcelona, autonomous trucks in California, and China among other things. This week, we’re going to put on our analysis hats as we explore the world of LiDAR, a sensor that measures distance …

Tesla halts online sales ahead of Elon Musk announcement

Tesla buyers might have a hard time ordering a vehicle through its website for the next several hours. The “order” webpages for the Model 3, Model S and Model X vehicle all redirect to show a nebulous message that reads “The wait is almost over.” Below the main message, it reads “Great things are launching at 2 pm.” Updated: Musk’s Twitter page has changed just slightly. His profile photo now has a Tesla vehicle, and not the Mars shot. Some Tesla news — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 27, 2019 The tweets had led to widespread speculation of what Musk will announce Thursday. It was enough to send shares higher yesterday. Tesla shares have risen more than 7 percent since market …

Inside Teslas solar energy astroturfing

Tesla has been masking its lobbying efforts on solar panels and battery storage through the Energy Freedom Coalition of America, a trade association that is little more than a front for the automaker and alternative energy company, public documents suggest. SolarCity, which Tesla bought in 2016, began the practice of using the EFCA to promote its products and services without acknowledging it was the only significant member of the organization. EFCA was initially portrayed as a solar advocacy group with grassroots support. When rule changes threatened payments to Arizonans with domestic solar panels in 2016, EFCA knew just what to do. It launched the Arizona Solar Pledge for citizens “to demonstrate their support for energy choice and add their names …

Elon Musk And Mars Flirt On Twitter And Its Hilarious

Elon Musk the CEO of SpaceX is getting closer to reaching his goal of reaching Mars wikipedia The engineering mogul tweeted out that his company had reached another milestone in their rocketship construction – but it wasn’t the only tweet that caught people’s attention elonmusk A Twitter user mentioned that they had their own reasons for wanting to visit the celestial orb and the planet responded back. Well, naturally you can’t have a conversation about Mars without the SpaceX CEO getting involved – and let’s just say things escalated quickly. laineyjanelle 4thFromOurStar elonmusk 4thFromOurStar elonmusk 4thFromOurStar elonmusk elonmusk Musk created SpaceX in 2002, dedicated to designing, manufacturing and launching advanced rockets and spacecraft elonmusk With the ultimate goal of enabling …