WIRED | 6/23/2019 | Aarian Marshall
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Over here at WIRED Transportation, we often talk to and write about people doing big, ambitious things—changing how their local transportation systems work, inventing new technologies, or researching why the world travels the way it does. But we also talk to the tinkerers, the people working on cool projects on the edges. Sometimes that’s more fun. This week, we learned how a dedicated DIY-er DIY-ed a Tesla pickup truck (a “Truckla”), why a robotics company is suddenly very interested in pizza, and how you might top a 22,000-mile trip around the world on a solar-powered plane.

Plus, we learned why Tesla is working on videogames and which country builds the most reliable cars, according to a new survey. It’s been a week; let’s get you caught up.

Tesla - Way - Minutes - Car - Battery

Tesla devised a new way to pass the 20 or so minutes it takes to “top off” your car battery: an in-car videogame, which you can play with your actual steering wheel.

A prolific YouTuber and reigning queen of “**** robots” got tired of waiting for Tesla’s electric cyberpunk truck—so she made one herself.

Waymo - Signs - Deals - Nissan - Renault—but

Waymo signs international deals with Nissan and Renault—but don’t expect to see self-driving Google cars in France or Japan just yet.

One of the guys who flew around the world in a solar-powered airplane is back with a new electric flying machine. It can climb 900 feet per minute, cruise at 125 mph, and stay aloft for 90 minutes on a charge.

US - Drone - Iran - Week - Wingspan

The unmanned US drone that Iran shot down this week had a wingspan of more than 130 feet, a maximum takeoff weight of more...
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