FROM Alex Davies
Traffic bringing you down? Consider Uber's flying cars The company that revolutionized the taxi world and introduced self-driving cars in Pittsburgh now wants to introduce flying cars within a decade. Is it possible?
Federal government unveils self-driving car guidelines You may not see self-driving cars in your neighborhood -- unless you're in Pittsburgh. But federal regulators are already developing guidelines for a revolutionary technology. They aren't yet common on American streets and highways, but they're on their way to becoming major factors in our national transportation system. Jeffrey Zeintz, Director of the National Economic Council, joined Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx to unveil the new guidelines. "Self-driving cars will give new mobility to millions who lack it today, including elderly and disabled Americans and importantly will help prevent the 94% of car crashes caused by human error." Alex Davies, Transportation Editor at Wired , has more on the fed's latest move.
First Fatal Collision for Tesla's Autopilot Feature Some 30 thousand people die in car collisions each year in the U.S. But a single fatal collision this May is suddenly getting special attention. It was the first time that a driver using the Tesla Model S “Auto-pilot” feature died on the road. In other words it was the first fatal crash involving a car using semi-autonomous technology that is still being tested. It didn’t come as a complete surprise to industry watchers who’ve warned for months that Tesla drivers were abusing the autopilot feature. Alex Davies was part of that chorus, he’s the editor of WIRED’s transportation section. Photo: Tesla Model S (Wikicommons)
The First Self-Driving Semi-Truck Revs Up The spotlight on self-driving vehicles has been focused on Google and other companies that are automating four-door sedans. That's because "trucks aren't sexy." But they're critical to the economy. Alex Davies, associate editor of Wired magazine, rode along on a test drive of the world's first self-driving 18-wheeler on Interstate roads in Nevada.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.