Op-Ed | New York City’s Open Streets plan fails to address the complicated future of urban transportation

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Four months ago, traffic engineers in major cities around the world were asking themselves the same questions: How does a crowded city, reliant on underground trains, function in an airborne pandemic? What would happen if everyone started to drive instead?

Predicting carmageddon, forward leaning cities got out ahead of the problem. From London to Los Angeles, mayors discouraged driving by offering ambitious new alternatives. In Milan, it was Strade AperteI. In Paris, Corona Cycleways. But across the globe, the idea was the same: close a network of streets to cars and open them to people, bikes and transit. City residents responded with enthusiasm and these safe, connected car-free routes filled with people. Bicycle sales boomed, and would-be rail riders shifted to the bus instead. 


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Covestro to focus on future mobility at the VDI Congress “Plastics in Automotive Engineering”

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For Covestro, the VDI congress “Plastics in Automotive Engineering”, which will be offered this year on 28 and 29 July as a digital event, is all about future mobility: trends such as autonomous driving, electric cars and car sharing will completely redefine the use of a passenger car.

The company says modern plastics and technologies will play an important role in its design in the car of the future.

The car interior will develop into a multifunctional living and working space. “This will result in completely new user expectations of the materials used,” explains Jochen Hardt, who heads Global Marketing Mobility at Covestro, in a plenary lecture on the first day of the congress.

Covestro presented a premium interior concept for this at the K 2019 plastics trade fair. The prototype developed together with partners will also be shown at the VDI Congress.

“At the same time, the concept offers

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Elon Musk hints at possible Tesla compact car in the future

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Elon Musk on Wednesday opined on Tesla’s expensive cars, saying he wishes they were cheaper and hinting at a possible compact offering.

“It is important to make the car affordable,” he told analysts and investors on a call Wednesday, following the company’s surprise second-quarter profit announcement. “I think we will not succeed in our mission if we do not make cars affordable. Like the thing that bugs me the most about where we are right now is that our cars are not affordable enough. We need to fix that.”

Asked about a smaller car with a potentially lower price point, Musk hinted there could be one in the lineup at some point, but offered few specifics.

Tesla product roadmap 2q 20

Tesla’s planned product timeline, as presented to investors on Wednesday.


“Don’t think we can comment on our detailed product road map beyond what’s announced because I think we want to reserve that for

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With Bronco, F-150, and Mustang Mach-E, Ford’s Future Comes Into View

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From Car and Driver

At the Detroit Auto Show in 2016, Ford used its press conference not to launch a car (as is traditional) but to proclaim its intent to transition from being an automotive company to an auto and mobility company. The service they launched that day, called FordPass, has yet to revolutionize the automotive experience. But the last six months at Ford have proved it is still interested in diversifying. The debuts of the Mustang Mach-E, F-150, and the revived Bronco, plus a leadership change that elevated Jim Farley, former head of new business, technology, and strategy, signal that Ford is getting serious about becoming more than just a car company.

Those three launches were important to the company for all the usual reasons (continued revenue, the chance to be better than Ram again, etc.), but they also serve as clear signals that Ford is finally in the

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