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Elon Musk's ‘Pedo Guy’ Trial, Uber’s Crime Report, and More Car News This Week

Wired 08 Dec 2019 02:00

Another week, another court case over an Elon Musk tweet. OK, sure, this is only the second time that the Tesla and SpaceX CEO’s love for the platform has gotten him into real legal trouble. But what played out in a Los Angeles federal courtroom this week was certainly weird, and involved Musk justifying the fact that he called a British man named Vernon Unsworth “pedo guy,” which led to a defamation suit. The trial looked to turn on what that phrase actually meant—and it turned in Musk’s favor. On Friday afternoon, the jury found the CEO is not liable for defaming Unsworth.

In more significant news this week, Uber put out its first report on the violence that has occurred on the platform. Also, Waymo’s self-driving service hit the App Store, and the flying car industry wondered whether the public actually wants flying cars. It’s been a week. Let’s get you caught up.

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Zero-Gravity Tire Swap of the Week

The awards go to the Red Bull Formula 1 team, which changed a tire within an Ilyushin II-76 MDK cosmonaut training plane—aka a “vomit comet”—in, yes, zero gravity. The team has the world record for tire swaps on land, at 1.82 seconds, and it did not come close to beating that on the vomit comet. But no one barfed, everyone made adjustments, and it kind of seems that the team had fun? You be the judge:

Video: Redbull

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