Welcome to Must Read, where we single out the best stories from around the automotive universe and beyond. Today we have reports from Vice, Green Car Reports, The New York Times and MIT Technology Review.
As someone who has ridden in a cab while drunk, or just walked the streets of New York City at anytime, I can agree, taxi drivers see some nutso stuff.
If you live in a major metropolitan area where jumping into a taxi is common, it's no secret cabbies are held under alot of scrutiny. With strict industry regulations, fierce competition for a fare, and the amount of people claiming that most drivers are reckless, dangerous, and possible threats to society, one can only assume that it's a tough break driving people around for a living. I mean, would you really want to drive drunk-you around?
Tesla Underground: Texas Franchise Rules Make Model S Owners Skirt The Law — Green Car Reports
Tesla has had a lot of issues with its practice of selling cars direct to consumers instead of through a franchised dealer network. It's especially tough in Texas.
Over the last couple of years, Tesla Motors has fought legal and legislative battles in a number of states over proposed or current state laws that try to stymie its unique factory-direct sales and service model.
A Subway Car With Fewer Doors, but More Ways Out — The New York Times
Imagine if there was just one long subway car instead of eight short ones. Sounds like a little bit of heaven.
For decades, the New York City subway car has been a predictable space. Some have seats; some have benches. Graspable pole options vary only slightly. Mariachi bands play, and self-appointed preachers preach.
Driverless CarsAre Further Away Than You Think — MIT Technology Review
While we've been seeing a lot on driverless cars reaching us by the end of the decade, MIT wants us to slow our respective rolls.
A silver BMW 5 Series is weaving through traffic at roughly 120 kilometers per hour (75 mph) on a freeway that cuts northeast through Bavaria between Munich and Ingolstadt. I'm in the driver's seat, watching cars and trucks pass by, but I haven't touched the steering wheel, the brake, or the gas pedal for at least 10 minutes. The BMW approaches a truck that is moving slowly. To maintain our speed, the car activates its turn signal and begins steering to the left, toward the passing lane. Just as it does, another car swerves into the passing lane from several cars behind. The BMW quickly switches off its signal and pulls back to the center of the lane, waiting for the speeding car to pass before trying again.