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Transportation

The Case for Making Public Transit Free Everywhere

From Spain to Germany and Luxembourg to Estonia, more and more countries are experimenting with fare-free transportation.

EV Makers Think They’ve Figured Out What Women Want

Men are more likely to buy electric vehicles, and carmakers are eager to diversify their base. But what will it take to close the gender gap?

Is It a Bird? Is It a Plane? No, It’s a Flying Ferry

An electric hydrofoil ferry could be the future of public transportation in Stockholm—and beyond.
Traffic Stop

Cruise’s Robot Car Outages Are Jamming Up San Francisco

In a series of incidents, the GM subsidiary lost contact with its autonomous vehicles, leaving them frozen in traffic and trapping human drivers.
Green Machine

Escooter Rentals Aren’t as Green as You Think

Dubious design and inefficient operations are just some of the reasons why shared scooters’ eco-credentials are thin.
Electric Dream

The World Can’t Wean Itself Off Chinese Lithium

China dominates the global supply chain for lithium-ion batteries. Now rival countries are scrambling for more control over “white oil.”
Electric Dream

China Is Racing to Electrify Its Future

The country wants electric vehicles to make up 40 percent of new cars sold by 2030—but first it has to figure out how to keep them charged.
Electric Dream

The Rise and Precarious Reign of China’s Battery King

Zeng Yuqun is China’s most prolific battery billionaire. His ascent has major implications for a world increasingly reliant on electric vehicles.
Electric Dream

China Built Your iPhone. Will It Build Your Next Car?

Gadget manufacturers are getting into the car-making business. That could shake up the auto industry, global trade, and geopolitics.
Broken Wings

In Russia, Western Planes Are Falling Apart

After months of sanctions that have made critical repair parts difficult to access, aircraft operators are running out of options. 
Surcharge

EV Charging Costs Penalize Urban Drivers

While suburban drivers can comfortably charge at home, those in low-income areas face higher prices—if they can find a station that works.
autopilot

No One Knows How Safe New Driver-Assistance Systems Really Are

Tesla’s Autopilot and other automotive safety features are involved in plenty of car crashes. But thanks to spotty data, it’s still not clear how many, or what to do about it.
Car Crash

Why It’s Impossible to Rent a Car Right Now

From Avis-Budget to Hertz, traditional rental companies are struggling to restock their fleets. Now peer-to-peer upstarts are scrambling to fill the gap.
infotainment

Apple Embraces the Ever-Expanding Dashboard Touchscreen

The company recently announced a souped-up evolution of CarPlay. But do larger infotainment systems make distracted driving worse?
Tailspins

Airfare Prediction Algorithms Are Going Haywire

The world's current weirdness has made it more difficult for tools like Kayak and Google Flights to guess the best time to buy a plane ticket.
Delayed Flight

This Is What Flying Car Ports Should Look Like

It might be years before flying cars take to the skies, but designers and engineers are already testing the infrastructure they’ll need to operate.
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An Autonomous Car Blocked a Fire Truck Responding to an Emergency

The incident in San Francisco cost first responders valuable time, and underscores the challenges Cruise and other companies face in launching driverless taxis.
Take the Train

Think Airport Crowds Are Bad Now? Wait ’Til Summer

Increased demand and staffing shortages are already contributing to huge delays and airport logjams across the country. Here’s what you can do.
Swap Shop

This Is Where Dirty Old Cars Go to Die

The electric vehicle revolution is gathering speed—but what happens to all those polluting cars already on the road?
auto pay

The Incredible Shrinking Car Dealership

The way people buy automobiles is changing—so Honda and other manufacturers are adapting in kind.
Face Off

Uber and Lyft Drivers Must Now Set Their Own Mask Rules

After pandemic safety measures ended in the US, ride-hailing companies lifted their requirements for riders—leaving those behind the wheel on their own.
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Broken Charging Stations Could Be Stalling the EV Movement

Range anxiety is bad enough. But even when they find a station, drivers often have to deal with broken equipment. 
Hot Wheels

The Rise of Brand-New Secondhand EVs

The global chip shortage has triggered a surge in demand for prized, pricey used electric vehicles. It's only just beginning.