How Loon’s Balloons Find Their Way to Deliver the Internet

Watching a balloon zag instead of zig, Sal Candido often feels like Dr. John Watson observing Sherlock Holmes. As CTO of Loon, the Alphabet company that last summer spun out of X (née Google X), Candido is in charge of the balloons that bop through the stratosphere, beaming the internet to people below. Flying about 60,000 feet above sparsely populated or mountainous areas, where traditional telecoms don’t bother building networks of cell towers, a single balloon can cover 2,000 square …

A Tesla Truckla, Robotic Pizza Delivery, and More Car News This Week

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 …

Electric Buses, Quiet Tires, and More Car News This Week

The official start of summer is around the corner, which means it’s about to get pretty warm for us here in the US. So it’s appropriate that we were all about electric stuff this week. We wondered why electric buses haven’t quite hit the big time yet, and how to eliminate tire noise to make electric vehicles super stealthy. We also took a deep look at a local political skirmish in the Bay Area over bike-share, which in part hinges …