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Save the Scooters, Redesign the Streets, and Save San Francisco

The scooters have disappeared from San Francisco. In anticipation of regulations that took effect today, Bird, Lime Bike, and Spin have warehoused their fleets of the shared electric two-wheelers. They won’t be able to redeploy them unless the city grants them a special permit, which could take the better part of the month. Good riddance, many will say. The city should cap their numbers, control their behavior, or, better yet, incinerate the whole lot. They and their hubristic riders are…

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New Peugeot 508 SW estate joins saloon in line-up

Peugeot has officially revealed its answer to the Skoda Superb Estate and Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer: the new 508 SW. The latest estate gets the same squat stance as the 508 Fastback saloon, and is almost identical from the nose to the B-pillar. Beyond that, the body has been extended while the new 508 SW sits 60mm lower than its predecessor. • Best estate cars on sale Estate buyers are often interested in just one thing: the boot. At 530…

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Bringing on Self-Driving Cars Means Knowing How Humans Ride

What do you look like when you’re excited? How about a little nervous? Bored? Full-on freaked out? If you happen to hop on one of the two very special shuttles that are now running 1-mile loops around the University of Michigan’s North Campus, a bunch of people with fancy degrees may very soon find out. Those shuttles, you see, will drive themselves. And these researchers are affiliated with the University of Michigan, the marketing firm JD Power, and Navya, the…

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Elon Musk Calms Down, and More From Tesla’s Shareholder Meeting

When Elon Musk was a kid, he had so much trouble managing his time, that his younger brother Kimbal would lie to him about the bus schedule. Elon would show up a few minutes after the supposed arrival—and have just enough time to hop aboard. A few decades on, the whole world knows about Elon’s habit of blowing deadlines. And he admits it can be a problem. “This is something I’m trying to get better at,” he said from the…

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Apple CarPlay to offer Google Maps and Waze

Apple CarPlay will allow drivers to use third-party mapping apps later this year, ending current arrangements that force CarPlay users to make do solely with Apple Maps for their route guidance needs. The situation will change when Apple’s new iPhone operating system – iOS 12 – launches, bringing with it the ability to use third-party mapping when in CarPlay mode. • Apple CarPlay – everything you need to know The CarPlay system mirrors some elements of compatible smartphones on a car’s infotainment…

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