Electric Minivans at the Geneva Motor Show, and More Car News

It’s ever fun when the auto show comes to city. Any city, truly, but this week, it all went down at the Geneva Motor Show. The Swiss gala is probably the most important point demonstrate of the season, so automakers turned it out. There were electric car hypothesis( minivans, to be precise ). A Maserati with sits of lightweight woven nappa leather called Pelletessuta. Aston Martin’s “rear shelf.” If you enjoy mind-blowing vehicle detailing, check it out.

Also this week, we looked into how scooter startups are thinking about labor and what tens of millions of dollars in lidar experiment got self-driving busines Waymo.( Hint: a new revenue stream !) It’s been a week–let’s get you caught up.

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Stories you might have missed from WIRED this week

As scooter startups struggle to get their business prototypes right and actually make money, the Ford-owned company Spin is trying something better in its Los Angeles warehouse: It’s merely hiring hires , not contract proletarians, to obtain, tie, accuse, and redeploy its scampers.

Waymo diversifies its revenue stream and proclaims its first hardware commodity, a custom-developed lidar structure shaped specifically for self-driving autoes called–what else ?– Laser Bear Honeycomb.

How Amazon engineers and audiophiles, plus a very weird-looking acoustic experiment dummy with fully-formed ears, built the Echo Auto.

Mercedes-Benz debuts an all-electric minivan with, sure, less-than-stellar performance specs. But who’s race while schlepping the their children to basketball rehearse, anyway?

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