British Columbia finally welcomes ride hail, while San Francisco’s main drag goes car-free.

What if the future of cars contained fewer of them? That was the proposition once put forward by companies like Uber and Lyft before research suggested that the ride-hailers are putting more miles on the road than pulling miles off them. And yet: Lots of folk still think advancements like ride-hail and autonomous vehicles might be a balm to terrible traffic, and that tech innovation plus regulation could lead to fewer emissions and less time sitting behind the wheel. Last month, Vancouver (and the province of British Columbia) finally, finally allowed ride-hail to roam the streets, backed by evidence-based rules that government officials hope will help the regions transportation system. And just a touch to the south, San Francisco officials banned all private vehiclesincluding Ubers and Lyftsfrom a road in the heart of the city.
Plus, we looked at the latest pretty financials from Tesla, and learned more about helicopter safety in the wake of the Kobe Bryant crash. Its been a week; lets get you caught up.
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