Here at WIRED Transportation, we get to write about all sorts of material. Self-driving autoes. Hyperloops. Bike lane design. Subway delineates. The occasional man dressed up as a automobile posterior for an apparently legitimate purpose. You get the idea. So it’s rare when a merely one or two topics reign our pages for an entire week. But that’s what happened over the past seven days.
The firstly of those tales started Sunday morning, when a Boeing 737 MAX 8 spurt carried out by Ethiopian Airlines gate-crashed a few minutes after taking off from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 parties aboard. From the start, the similarities to the deadly accident of Lion Air Flight 610 in October were impressing: same type of airplane, similar flight profiles, similar timing. Over the coming few periods, we tracked how and when regulators decided to field the 737 MAX. We looked at the software that may be at the centre of all this, and how Boeing intends to update it. We indicated how airlines are actually well prepared to deal with questions like the earthing of their planes, and at how reviewers pull vital data off black boxes, even when they’re damaged.
Meanwhile, we moved the goings on of our good friend Elon Musk. The Tesla CEO started his week by continuing his tangle with the SEC, which has asked a federal adjudicator to harboured him in defiance. Musk’s lawyers represented his latest questionable tweets as freedom of speech( among other arguings ). Afterwards in the week, Musk changed his attention to showing off Tesla’s latest innovation: the Model Y. We covered the Thursday evening unveil live, broken down all the story, and stacked the brand-new child SUV against its electric competition.
It has truly been a whopper of a few weeks. Let’s get you caught up.
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