We WIRED transportation writers are obsessed with how technology and transportation have come together to revolutionize the way people get around in the 21st century. But sometimes—as a few stories we covered this week demonstrated—less transportation tech is better transportation tech. The Navy announced its moving away from touchscreens in favor of physical throttles, because engineers suspect it’s a safer way to operate big destroyers. A California driver discovered that when a too-clever license plate goes up against a creaky state database, the database will probably win (and issue him thousands of mistaken tickets in the process. Just read the story.) And a new report questions whether the century’s sexiest transportation companies, the ride-hailers at Uber and Lyft, are doing enough to keep recalled vehicles off their platform.
Some miraculous things happened this week, too. Russian pilots emergency-landed an airliner in a cornfield, and no one died. And truckers may get a reprieve from federal rules that have changed the way they do their work. It’s been a week. Let’s get you caught up.
Stories you might have missed from WIRED this week
Extremely Weird Transportation News Crossover of the Week
The New York Times published a bizarre story this week intimating that now-deceased financier Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted sex offender, had been hired by Elon Musk and Tesla to find a new chairperson after a tangle with the SEC last year forced Musk was to step down from the position. Tesla and Musk have denied the connection.
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Updated 8-19-19, 12 pm EDT: This story was updated to correct its headline.
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