Transportation

SpaceX’s Hyperloop Pod speed competition winner tops 200 MPH

 SpaceX held its second Hyperloop Pod design competition for student feeds at the test track built near its test track today. The mile long track saw three finalist teams battle it out for speed supremacy, including WARR Hyperloop from Germany, Switzerland’s Swissloop and Paradigm, a North American team with members from Northeastern and Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada. The… Read More

Immelt Backs Out of Chaotic Uber CEO Search

Kalanick and Benchmark's power struggle just took a head-snapping twist.

What the Controlled Chaos of Burning Man Reveals About Cities

And what the temporary Black Rock City settlement has to learn.

The Concours d’Lemons Is America’s Crappiest Car Show

The parody of the Concours d'Elegance celebrates hoopties and absuridity.

Uber may sell Oakland office

 Uber may not move into Oakland after all. The transportation company is now exploring other options, including sale, for the former Sears building it purchased in downtown Oakland, The San Francisco Business first reported and has since been confirmed by TechCrunch. “As we look to strengthen our financial position so we can better serve riders and drivers for the long term,… Read More

Elon Musk’s Boring Co. gets Hawthorne city nod to dig a two-mile test tunnel

 Elon Musk’s The Boring Company, which he dreamed up while sitting in traffic because he wanted to go under said traffic, has permission to dig a two-mile test tunnel in Hawthorne, California. The approval for the test dig comes from the Hawthorne City Council, which voted four to one in favor of the move. It’s not a cross-country Hyperloop network, but it’s a start. Read More

Tesla’s electric semi truck will reportedly get 200 to 300 miles per charge

 Tesla’s already announced plans to reveal an all-electric semi truck designed for cargo hauling at an event in September, but we don’t know much about it beyond that yet. Now, Reuters reports that the vehicle will get between 200 and 300 miles of range per charge, which means it can manage medium length routes without much issue. As the report notes, this doesn’t put the… Read More

SpaceX successfully launches its 12th Falcon 9 rocket of 2017

 SpaceX has succeeded with a launch of one of its Falcon 9 rockets today, for client Taiwan National Space Organization (NSPO). The rocket took off from SpaceX’s launch facility 4E at California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base as planned, carrying the NSPO’s FORMOSAT-5 satellite to orbit, where it was deployed successfully. This marks an even dozen launches for SpaceX for the… Read More

Watch SpaceX’s FORMOSAT-5 Falcon 9 launch live right here

 SpaceX has a launch scheduled for today, with a 42-minute launch window opening at 11:51 AM PDT (2:51 PM EDT). The launch is for Taiwan’s National Space Organization (NSPO), which is aiming to put satellite FORMOSAT-5 into low-Earth sun synchronous orbit, where it will be used to beam back high-resolution global imagery, and probe Earth’s ionosphere for research purposes. For the… Read More

Zipline Launches Medical Supply Drone Deliveries in Tanzania

The California startup is expanding its service from Rwanda to its much larger neighbor.