Also: America’s “Robot Belt,” and the rise and fall of the family road trip.
What We’re Following
Pitt stop: On Wednesday, Uber laid off more than 100 employees who piloted its self-driving cars in Pittsburgh and San Francisco. The move signals a dramatic scaling back of the company’s autonomous vehicle testing, coming four months after one of Uber’s AVs struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona. Testing is set to resume on much more limited routes in August; in Pittsburgh, sources say the AVs will only operate autonomously on a suburban test track and along a set route to HQ.
CityLab’s Laura Bliss has the story on what this means for the future of autonomous car testing: Uber Just Laid Off Its Pittsburgh Autonomous Car Drivers
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What We’re Reading
Elon Musk pledges to fix Flint’s water problems (Governing)
Why Charlotte is one of Ben Carson’s models for HUD’s work requirements (NPR)
Space in New York’s cemeteries is getting scarce and expensive (The Guardian)
The Baltimore City Fire Department is getting heated about bike lanes (Streetsblog)
The cautionary tale Detroit can tell Silicon Valley (Fast Company)