FAA Grounds Boeing’s 737 MAX Jet Days After Ethiopia Crash

The Federal Aviation Administration has grounded Boeing's 737 MAX airplanes, banning airlines from operating the jets in US airspace, effective immediately. The grounding comes three days after an Ethiopia Airlines 737 MAX 8 crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all 157 passengers and crew aboard, and after many countries had grounded the planes. In a statement, the FAA says it "made this decision as a result of the data gathering process and new evidence collected at the site and analyzed today. This evidence, together with newly refined satellite data available to FAA this morning, led to this decision." This story, originally published Tuesday, March 12, explains how the FAA decides when to stop airplanes from flying. When an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing …

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 …

Electric Minivans at the Geneva Motor Show, and More Car News

It’s always fun when the auto show comes to town. Any town, really, but this week, it all went down at the Geneva Motor Show. The Swiss fete is probably the most important show of the season, so automakers turned it out. There were electric car concepts (minivans, to be precise). A Maserati with seats of lightweight woven nappa leather called Pelletessuta. Aston Martin's "rear shelf." If you love mind-blowing auto detailing, check it out. Also this week, we looked into how scooter startups are thinking about labor and what tens of millions of dollars in lidar research got self-driving company Waymo. (Hint: a new revenue stream!) It’s been a week—let’s get you caught up. Headlines Stories you might have …