Category: Transportation

If you speed in Austria, the government can now confiscate your car and sell it

Cars drive just before the Brenner Pass over the Europabrücke bridge towards Italy. Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/Getty Images Traffic deaths have spiked in certain places around the world in recent years.  Austria is trying to do something about it, recently passing a law to deter ‘super speeders.’ European countries tend to have stricter traffic rules and, as a result, safer roads. The Austrian government is cracking down…

Boeing CEO David Calhoun says he’s ‘proud’ of the company’s safety record

Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun arrives at a Senate hearing on Boeing’s broken safety culture in Washington, DC, as family members of those killed in the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 and Lion Air Flight 610 crashes hold up photographs of their loved ones. Andrew Harnik/Getty Images Lawmakers grilled Boeing CEO David Calhoun about the company’s safety standards during a hearing on Tuesday. Before the hearing, the…

Fisker failed because it wasn’t ready to be a car company

Two years ago, an employee at Fisker Inc. told me that the most pressing concern inside the EV startup was not whether its Ocean SUV would get built. Fisker was outsourcing the manufacturing of its first EV to highly respected automotive supplier Magna, after all. The startup’s November 2022 start-of-production target was aggressive, but not […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

These are Elon Musk’s top podcasts

Elon Musk considers himself a history buff. Anna Webber/Variety/Getty Images Elon Musk shared some of his favorite podcasts and audiobooks on a recent livestream. He said he’s “a big history guy” and named several including “The Explorers” and “Hardcore History.” Here’s the full list of recommendations he shared. Elon Musk recently shared some of his favorite podcasts, and —spoiler alert — they’re mostly on the subject…

China became the world’s factory by selling cheap goods. This strategy won’t work for EVs.

A large number of Chinese-made cars and construction machinery are gathering at the port of Yantai, waiting to be loaded for export. Costfoto/NurPhoto/Getty Images China, the world’s factory, is known for producing affordable goods quickly. But China EV makers shouldn’t leverage on their price advantage in the long run as it’s not sustainable, said a Bain consultant. The EU will impose up to 48.1% tariffs…

GM gives Cruise $850M lifeline as it relaunches robotaxis in Houston

General Motors is investing $850 million into Cruise as the autonomous vehicle subsidiary slowly makes its way back to testing in Phoenix, Dallas and, as of Tuesday, Houston. GM’s CFO Paul Jacobson announced the capital infusion onstage at Deutsche Bank’s Global Automotive Industry Conference on Tuesday. “This will help bridge Cruise funding until we can […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

United adds flights to Chicago, Milwaukee ahead of conventions

United Airlines will increase the number of flights to Chicago and Milwaukee as both the Democratic National Convention and the Republican National Convention draw near, it announced Tuesday. The airline said it would boost flight options so it’s easier for “convention attendees and political enthusiasts” to travel. United said it’s raising flight capacity by more than 75 percent, or 72 flights, for the Republican National…

An Austrian Airlines plane had its windscreen shattered and nose cone torn off after flying through a thunderstorm

Austrian Airlines said flight OS434 was travelling from Palma de Mallorca, Spain, to Vienna on Sunday when it was “caught in a thunderstorm cell.” exithamster/Facebook An Austrian Airlines plane flew through a thunderstorm on Sunday.  The plane was pelted by hail, shattering its windscreen and tearing off its nose. All 173 passengers and six crew members were unharmed and made a safe landing in Vienna….

An activist investor with a new $1.9 billion stake in Southwest is calling for big changes at the airline

Southwest’s stock price has struggled since the pandemic started. Elliott Investment Management says its proposed changes could push shares 77% higher. Scott Olson/Getty Images Elliott Management has called for changes at Southwest to fix what it says is poor performance. Southwest’s share price has plummeted over 50% in three years, to below March 2020 levels. The hedge fund’s “Stronger Southwest” plan suggests new leadership and…

Polishing a Cybertruck might not be the safest idea, but it’s not illegal, traffic experts say

The rear-end of Tyson Garvin’s polished Cybertruck. Tyson Garvin A Tesla Cybertruck owner went viral for polishing his vehicle to have a mirrorlike finish. Some social media users raised concerns that the customization presents road safety hazards. Traffic experts told BI that it might not be safe but there are no regulations around it. Having a Cybertruck with a mirrored body may not be the…

Zoox to test self-driving cars in Austin and Miami 

Zoox, Amazon’s self-driving unit, is bringing its autonomous vehicles to more cities.  The self-driving technology company announced Wednesday plans to begin testing in Austin and Miami this summer. The two cities mark Zoox’s fourth and fifth test cities, following Las Vegas, San Francisco and Seattle.  The news comes as federal regulators increase their scrutiny of […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

9 things you’re probably wrong about when it comes to your car, from maintenance to pricing

Car owners might have a number of misconceptions about their vehicles and the buying process. AP Photo/David Zalubowski Whether you’re a long-time car owner, or a first-time driver, there is plenty you need to know.  Many drivers have misconceptions about maintenance for their car, or other aspects of ownership. Here are 9 things you’re probably wrong about when it comes to your car. Whether you’re…

Fisker cuts hundreds of workers in bid to keep EV startup alive

Struggling EV startup Fisker has laid off hundreds of employees in a bid to stay alive, as it continues to search for funding, a buyout or prepare for bankruptcy. Workers suspected layoffs were coming when the company directed everyone to work from home on Wednesday — an out-of-character directive, according to multiple current and former […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Chinese EV makers, and their connected vehicles, targeted by new House bill

Chinese EV manufacturers face a new challenge in their pursuit of U.S. customers: a new House bill that would limit or ban the introduction of their connected vehicles. The bill, introduced by U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, comes as the trade war between the U.S. and China heightens in the aftermath of the Biden administration’s decision […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

An ex-California official quietly stole over $1.5 million of water in a heist that lasted decades, but mysteries remain

A former California official pleaded guilty to conspiring to steal between $1.5 million and $3.5 million worth of water from the federal government. halbergman/Getty Images An ex-California official pleaded guilty to conspiring to steal water from the federal government. Dennis Falaschi’s plea represents only a fraction of the original $25 million believed by prosecutors to be stolen. The plea raises more questions about who was…

Indian EV startup Zypp Electric secures backing to fund expansion to Southeast Asia

Indian startup Zypp Electric plans to use fresh investment from Japanese oil and energy conglomerate ENEOS to take its EV rental service into Southeast Asia early next year, TechCrunch has exclusively learned. The company aims to be in 15 markets over the next two years. Of those 15 markets, Zypp Electric plans to launch its […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Tesla investors urged to vote against Musk’s ‘excessive’ $56 billion pay package and proposed reincorporation in Texas

Elon Musk. Ebrahim Noroozi/AP Glass Lewis has advised Tesla shareholders to vote against Elon Musk’s $56 billion pay package. The proxy advisor also urged them to reject a proposal to reincorporate the EV maker in Texas. Glass Lewis said in a report that the share options deal was of “excessive size” and “dilutive.” A top proxy advisory firm has urged Tesla shareholders to vote against…

Feds add nine more incidents to Waymo robotaxi investigation

Federal safety regulators have discovered nine more incidents that raise questions about the safety of Waymo’s self-driving vehicles operating in Phoenix and San Francisco.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) opened an investigation earlier this month into Waymo’s autonomous vehicle software after receiving 22 reports of robotaxis making unexpected moves […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

I drove the Chevy Equinox EV. It’s a solid, much-needed addition to the electric crossover market

A Chevrolet Equinox EV parked in a driveway Nora Naughton, Business Insider The Equinox EV is a solid addition to the electric crossover market. I found that Super Cruise elevates the experience behind the wheel. The Equinox EV is priced and designed to compete directly with Tesla’s mass-market cars. There’s another electric Chevrolet crossover on the market as the bowtie brand leans into EVs while…

Flight delays, higher prices complicate holiday weekend travel

Memorial Day travelers faced widespread flight delays on Thursday across the country but there were few canceled flights, raising hopes that Friday’s bigger crowds won’t have the same experience. By Thursday evening, more than 6,000 flights had been delayed on the East Coast. All three major airports in the New York City area and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport experienced the most delays, The Associated Press…

China’s $10,000 EV is coming to Europe. Sorry, America.

The BYD Seagull. VCG via Getty Images Chinese EV company BYD plans to introduce its bargain hatchback Seagull to Europe in 2025. The car’s base model sells for less than $10,000 in China. Meanwhile, automakers operating in the US are still slow to provide a more affordable EV option.  As some US drivers pine for more affordable electric vehicle options, America is left to watch…

See inside American Airlines’ massive flight operations center, where it dispatches 6,000 flights every day

American Airlines manages its planes and crewmembers from its storm-withstanding operations center in Dallas/Fort Worth, which supports some 500,000 customers per day. Taylor Rains/Business Insider American Airlines runs its giant aircraft operation from a tornado-withstanding facility in Texas. The Integrated Operations Center houses over 20 teams and supports nearly 6,000 daily flights. The IOC relies on a special automation software called “HEAT” to better manage flight…

Chevy’s risky plan for EV dominance: Flood the zone as competitors pull back

A close-up of the Chevrolet Equinox EV badge Nora Naughton, Business Insider Chevrolet is hopeful its offerings will break through in a new EV market. Flooding the zone has worked with gas-powered cars. Gas-powered cars and hybrids can fill in the gaps while the EV market adjusts. Chevrolet’s new lineup of electric vehicles is arguably showing up at the worst possible time. After a few…

A fire broke out at Tesla’s Fremont factory once again, this time due to an oven

A fire broke out at Tesla’s Fremont Factory Monday night. Steve Granitz/FilmMagic // Stephen Lam /Reuters Tesla’s Fremont, California, plant suffered a 2-alarm commercial fire Monday evening. The Fremont Fire Department reported no injuries and is investigating the cause. The Tesla Fremont factory has seen several fires over the years.  On Monday evening, a 2-alarm commercial fire occurred at Tesla‘s Fremont factory, which has experienced…

Ex-Iranian official partly blames US sanctions for the helicopter crash that killed its president

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi died in a helicopter crash. ATPImages/Getty Images Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi died in a helicopter crash in northwest Iran on Sunday. The crash involved a US-manufactured Bell 212 helicopter, which stopped being made in 1998. Iran’s former foreign minister said US aircraft sanctions against Iran could be to blame. Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi died in a helicopter crash on Sunday — and…

These tiny EVs are making a big impact

The Microlino Lite. John Keeble/Getty Images Tiny EVs like the Nissan Sakura and BYD’s Seagull are challenging Tesla in Japan and China.  But these minuscule motors are unlikely to come to the US anytime soon. That’s a shame, as data suggests drivers would quite like their EVs to be smaller and cheaper. Tiny EVs are having a moment. In markets like China, Japan, and Europe,…

I used to work in airline safety. United’s new video has good intentions, but I don’t think it will make...

United’s new safety video seeks to grab distracted passengers’ attention. United Airlines United Airlines’ new inflight safety video is creative but also extremely distracting. The video’s busy and engaging theatrics overshadow key safety information. Japan Airlines’ straightforward safety video likely helped save 379 people escape a fire in January.  I didn’t retain much from United Airlines‘ new inflight safety video. And I doubt passengers will…