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A Tesla Security Bug, Levandowski Indicted, and More Car News

By September 1, 2019 No Comments
A Tesla Security Bug, Levandowski Indicted, and More Car News

Aarian Marshall

It is not so often that our focus on transportation technology forces us to pay attention to, say, a federal courthouse in San Jose, where a man wearing a dark suit and no tie waits to be arraigned for charges that could land him in prison for many years. But that is exactly what happened this week, when a father of this era of automated vehicle technology, the former Uber and Waymo engineer Anthony Levandowski, was indicted on federal charges of trade secret theft. If this sounds like a rerun, it sort of is: The same incidents that spawned this indictment also lead Waymo to sue Uber in 2017, in a case that was later settled for $245 million in Uber equity. Who is this Levandowski character, and why should you care about him? And what happens next? We’ve got you covered.

Also this week, researchers uncover a Tesla security bug, and Uber and Lyft seemed increasingly desperate to stop a California law that would classify drivers as employees instead of independent contractors. It’s been a week. Let’s get you caught up.

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Future Train Car Interior of the Week

Amtrak’s high-speed Acela line—one of the oft-struggling national passenger railway’s more profitable lines—is currently undergoing a makeover. Sometime in 2021, 28 brand new trainsets will roll out on the service’s tracks, which run from Boston to Washington, DC. This week, Amtrak released a hint of what riding the new trains will feel like. Get excited for more spacious first class seats, a more stylish looking café car, and pretty roomy bathrooms.

Amtrak

Amtrak

Stat of the Week

73%
The share of pickup truck and SUV drivers who are interested in more fuel efficient cars, according to a new survey from Consumer Reports. That sentiment cut across party lines, the survey found, at a time when the Trump administration is pressuring automakers to go along with its plan to freeze fuel economy standards.

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