Two men perished inside a Tesla Model S that authorities believe was set to autopilot with no one behind the wheel — when the car crashed into a tree in Texas and sparked a massive fire.
The deadly smash-up happened aroudn 11:30 p.m. Saturday night in The Woodlands, a neighborhood in Houston.
“Our preliminary investigation is determining — but it’s not complete yet — that there was no one at the wheel of that vehicle,” he said. “We’re almost 99.9 percent sure.”
The blaze continued to burn for hours, with firefighters pumping more than 30,000 gallons of water onto the flames before they were put out.
Alice Roberts June 15, 2020
Adrian: “Our car was quite old and we found we weren’t using it very much so we decided we’d try to manage without it when it was no longer road worthy, which actually happened a lot sooner than we’d hoped! But going car-free has been much easier than we expected. In fact, it’s relieved us of quite a bit of expense and stress.
These tanks of the urban road are environmentally harmful and entirely unnecessary
Henry Mance 16/4/21
The pandemic has given us a chance to reclaim outdoor space, with cafés spilling on to pavements. Why is so much of our cities dedicated to cars?
Finally, spring is here. The sun is out. The pubs are open. The cars are . . . absolutely huge?
Seriously, did I shrink in lockdown, or did the vehicles get bigger? Amid London’s cherry blossom, the SUVs have taken over. They patrol the roads like an occupying army. Whose tanks are these? It’s the school run, not the Battle of Kursk.
Surrendering Our Cities to Cars Would Be a Historic Blunder
Communities shouldn’t give back the street space that they reclaimed during the pandemic.
April 16, 2021The Biden administration can help to some degree, and it is saying the right things. “You should not have to own a car to prosper in this country,” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg tweeted last month, “no matter what kind of community you’re living in.” President Joe Biden recently unveiled a $2 trillion infrastructure plan that would double federal spending on public transportation systems in cities, to $85 billion, and devote another $20 billion to improving roadway safety. It also includes $20 billion to undo the damage highways have inflicted on cities, particularly in Black neighbourhoods.
Tue 13 Apr 2021
If seas rise 20 feet over the next 2,000 years, our children and their descendants may find ways to adapt. But if seas rise 20 feet or more over the next 100 to 200 years — which is our current trajectory – the outlook is grim. In that scenario, there could be two feet of sea level rise by 2040, three feet by 2050, and much more to come.
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A Met Police officer has been taken to hospital after being hit by a car while on duty in north London.
The officer was standing by a stationary police vehicle on Dartmouth Park Hill, Camden, when he was struck just before 15:00 BST.
He suffered injuries to his lower body and was taken to hospital by the London Ambulance Service (LAS).
The Met said the driver fled the scene and officers are trying to trace the driver and the vehicle.
By Daily Mail Reporter
9 April 2021 | Updated: 11:50, 9 April 2021
A sub-headline to an article on September 30 about road collision reporting guidelines said that campaigners had called for abuse of cyclists ‘to be made a hate crime’. While campaigners have called for publishers to avoid using language that is likely to cause others to commit acts of violence against cyclists, we are happy to clarify that they had not in fact called for the use of such language to be made a criminal offence.To report an inaccuracy, please write to the Readers’ Editor, Daily Mail, Northcliffe House, 2 Derry Street, London W8 5TT or e-mail email@example.com.
Owen Sheppard 14 APR 2021
36% of cars sold in one borough were ‘Chelsea tractors’ even though London’s streets can be notoriously narrow with tight parking spaces
A Conservative politician has defended the abundance of wealthy residents in Central and West London who drive SUVs.
Research by two charities found that in 2019, Kensington and Chelsea residents were more likely to buy an SUV (sport utility vehicle) than people from anywhere else in the country.
This is despite their traditional association with rural motorists who need to negotiate uneven terrain, rather than cities with narrow streets and tight parking spaces.
They also emit higher levels of carbon than smaller vehicles.
Vehicle tyres are probably the biggest source of plastic pollution in our rivers and seas, according to a new report commissioned by Friends of the Earth.
When you think about car pollution, you probably think mainly about exhaust emissions.
We’ve been pointing out the global-warming and health-harming effects of petrol and diesel vehicles for years.
But recent research shows there’s another serious, maybe more surprising environmental threat from road traffic. It comes from tyres.
Although we loosely call them ‘rubber’, vehicle tyres are actually made from a complex blend of a lot of mostly synthetic materials and chemicals, including different types of plastic.
As cars and trucks pound along our roads, they gradually shed tiny bits of tyre material. Think about how tyre tread slowly but inevitably wears down until tyres need replacing.
When it rains, those tyre particles – essentially microplastics – are washed off the road surface into drains and waterways. These could ultimately pollute the oceans.
Lloyd Alter – April 14, 2021
This is not quite true, Finland has been doing this for a while, having funded over 2,000 e-bikes. But the French scheme and Schneider’s comment are still very significant. We have noted before that electric cars are not a silver bullet because of the upfront carbon emissions, or embodied carbon, released during their manufacture, and we have also asked if governments are going to subsidize electric vehicles, why not e-bikes?