Elon Musk Gets a Boring Customer and More This Week in Car News

This week, WIRED Transpo checked out a few bits of tech that might not sound alluring—but oh, magic lives in the details. General Motors’ new electronic platform should unlock a whole new world of in-car software, at exactly the moment when customers begin to expect their vehicles’ gizmos run even more smoothly than their phones. (Crashing car software is no good.) Self-driving startup Aurora, the one run by all those high-powered autonomous alums, acquired a lidar company, at exactly the moment when lidar feels a bit ho-hum. But no, Aurora insists—this velocity-detecting laser tech really will unlock AVs. And we explored the rationale (and complicated logistics) behind bus services to trailheads. Turns out the future of US public lands might …

SEC: Elon Musk Fully Ignored a Key Term of Settlement

In defiance of an October settlement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Elon Musk did not have his tweets pre-approved by an official Tesla babysitter, the SEC says in newly filed court documents. In a filing submitted Monday evening, lawyers for the federal agency wrote it was “stunning to learn” that “Musk had not sought pre-approval for a single one of the numerous tweets about Tesla he published in the months since the Court-ordered pre-approval policy went into effect.”a (The SEC lawyers also complained in the filing that “it took more than two weeks for Musk and Tesla to concede as much.”) The dispute dates back to August 2018, when Musk tweeted that he had “funding secured” for a …

Elon Musk Says Tweeting Is Free Speech in His SEC Battle

Elon Musk will not go quietly. On Monday night, lawyers representing the Tesla CEO submitted a filing to a federal judge in New York arguing that she should deny the Securities and Exchange Commission’s request to hold Musk in contempt of court for—what else?—a tweet. Musk’s legal team argued that the SEC overreached in its request and claimed the agency is trying to violate his First Amendment right to free speech. If the judge, Alison Nathan of the Southern District Court of New York, does hold Musk in contempt of court, she would decide the penalty. “If the SEC prevails, there is a good likelihood that the District Court will fine Mr. Musk and that it will put him on …