Amazon's Self-Driving Bet and More Car News This Week

WIRED | 2/10/2019 | Aarian Marshall
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That old saw about watching the money turns out to work as well in the wild world of transportation as anywhere else. First up, the robotics veterans behind autonomous vehicle company Aurora just raised a cool $530 million in funding, and check out where it came from: stalwart Silicon Valley venture firm Sequoia Capital and ... Amazon. We chilled with 600 acolytes of the micromobility craze—you know, the bikes, scooters, velomobiles, and unicycles that have taken so many cities by storm. Will the mania last? Watch the money.

Also, we got inside a pair of track-worthy vehicles: the Porsche 911 Carrera and the roller coaster Mr. Will Pemble built in his backyard. Let’s get you caught up.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal is an ambitious progressive climate change and social justice platform—and could mean big changes for the US transportation sector. There are few things more inequitable than the way Americans can—or can’t—get around.

Self-driving supergroup Aurora closed a $530 million Series B funding round. (Turns out building autonomous vehicle technology is expensive!) The round was led by Sequoia, but keep your eye on one new investor, a little company called Amazon.

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Meet tech veteran Will Pemble, his crash test dummy Todd, and Todd’s current ride: a backyard roller coaster that reaches speeds of 18 mph.

We hopped into the new Porsche 911 Carrera with Formula One legend Mark Webber, who worried German engineers really won’t be able to improve on this $114,550 iteration of the beloved car.

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At the first-ever Micromobility Conference in Northern California’s East Bay, investors hyped electric scooters and bikes—even as the industry faces an uphill climb.

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