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Otto, recently acquired by Uber, is focused on self-driving technology for trucks. Credit Ramin Rahimian for The New York Times

For several years now, the San Francisco Bay Area has increasingly become the transportation hub of the world, with start-ups and big companies experimenting with driverless cars, electric vehicles, ride-sharing, drones and even flying autos.

In just the last few weeks, the region’s claim as the center of transportation has only solidified.

Take a look at some of our recent stories on the trend:

■ John Markoff, our longest-serving tech reporter, wrote about a robot sailboat company based in Alameda, Calif., that is already a viable business.

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■ Farhad Manjoo, our technology columnist, took a spin around San Francisco in a self-driving big rig truck.

■ Mike Isaac, our reporter who follows all things Uber, experienced how the ride-hailing company, which is based in San Francisco, is spreading the region’s transportation mojo to other parts of the country — namely Pittsburgh, where Uber rolled out a fleet of self-driving cars for passengers to test.

Of course, Silicon Valley’s road to transportation king does not always run smoothly. On Wednesday, Daisuke Wakabayashi and Brian X. Chen broke the news that Apple has been in discussions to buy a San Francisco start-up, Lit Motors, which specializes in electric self-balancing motorcycles. They also confirmed a report in The Financial Times that Apple had been talking with McLaren, the maker of Formula One racecars, about a strategic investment.

The moves follow Apple’s recent layoffs from its car initiative, Project Titan, which people have described as part of a reboot of the project.

What transportation initiative will come out of the region next? We can’t wait to see.

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