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China’s Cyclists Take Charge

Electric bicycles are selling by the millions despite efforts to ban them

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Photo of a man in Shanghai, riding an electric bike along Sichuan Road.
Moving: A man rides an electric bike along Sichuan Road in Shanghai, near Nanjing Road. Sichuan is one of the few crosstown roads in Shanghai that still allow bicycle traffic.
Photo: Fritz Hoffmann/DocumentChina

It’s 8 a.m. and Shanghai is moving.

For the cars and trucks crammed together on the elevated highway cutting through downtown, it’s a slow crawl. On the smaller roads below, traffic is rolling at a steady 10 to 15 kilometers per hour in what looks like a more traditional Chinese street scene. Vying with the cars and trucks for the same strip of pavement are a motley assortment of two- and three-wheeled vehicles—everything from simple steel-frame bikes and heavily laden pedal-powered carts to motorized scooters.

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Video Friday: Build a Chair

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A humanoid robot assembles an Ikea chair next to a human controlling that robot using a hardware system that duplicates limb motions

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos.

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your friends at IEEE Spectrum robotics. We also post a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months. Please send us your events for inclusion.

IEEE CASE 2022: 20–24 August 2022, MEXICO CITY
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ANA Avatar XPRIZE Finals: 4–5 November 2022, LOS ANGELES
CoRL 2022: 14–18 December 2022, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

Enjoy today's videos!

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Who Actually Owns Tesla’s Data?

The company, says the company—but other interpretations persist

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Nighttime photograph of a man in a car at an outdoor Tesla charging lot.

A Tesla user charges his Model S in Burbank, California.

Philip Cheung/The New York Times

On 29 September 2020, a masked man entered a branch of Wells Fargo bank in Washington, D.C., and handed the teller a note: “This is a robbery. Act calm give me all hundreds.” The teller complied. The man then fled the bank and jumped into a gray Tesla Model S. This was one of three bank robberies the man attempted the same day.

When FBI agents began investigating, they reviewed Washington, D.C.'s District Department of Transportation camera footage, and spotted a Tesla matching the getaway vehicle’s description. The license plate on that car showed that it was registered to Exelorate Enterprises LLC, the parent company of Steer EV—a DC-based monthly vehicle subscription service.

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Electromagnetic Simulations in Automotive Industry

Learn how an electromagnetic simulator can be applied to various scenarios in the automotive industry

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This whitepaper shows several examples of how WIPL-D electromagnetic simulator can be applied to various scenarios in the automotive industry: a radar antenna mounted on a car bumper operating at 24 GHz, 40 GHz, and 77 GHz, an EM obstacle detection at 77 GHz, and vehicle-to-vehicle communication at 5.9 GHz. Download this free whitepaper now!