A Meditation on Moon Shots, a Mid-Engine Corvette, and More Car News This Week


The 2020 Corvette Stingray makes 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque from the 6.2-liter V-8 engine sitting behind the driver.

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Space! The finalfrontier! Humankind has gone there a few times now, but nothing has seemed to capture the imagination—or, at least, the American imagination—like the Apollo 11 mission. It happened 50 years ago this week. We celebrated here at WIRED Transpo bywondering what a “moon shot” is these days. And by exploring what went wrong, and what could go wrong in the future, ifour satellite system went down, as Europe’s Galileo did this week. And by learning about anew combat helicopter. And by driving around (digitally) in the newmid-engine Corvette. Hey, you can’t look to the sky all week. Your neck would hurt.

Plus, we talked to researchers who think self-driving delivery robots belong not on the roadbut in the bike lane. It’s been a week. Let’s get you caught up.

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New-moji of the Week

In 2018, Ford made an unusual move for an automotive company. It submitted a proposal to the Unicode Consortium, the official organization thatreviews and approves brand new emoji. This week, an exciting development: Ford’s pickup truck emoji has been shortlisted. If all goes according to plan, you’ll be able to tap out your own blue pickup in texts and tweets in 2020. Ford spent $50,000on the effort, according toThe Atlantic, and designed the ‘moji to echo elements of the Ranger and F-150.

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Stat of the Week

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The drop in fuel consumption for vehicles using adaptive cruise control, compared to their less-advanced driving cousins. That’s according to astudy released this weekby the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in collaboration with Volvo. But those savings might be erased, at least partially, ifallvehicles use adaptive cruise control, because it would take each vehicle time to detect speed changes in the ones around them.

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