The Indiana Department of Transportation is looking to hire a firm to prepare a strategic plan and determine what environmental impact studies would be needed if the state decided to toll five interstates. HDR is already conducting a study on revenue projections and the economic impact.
Bulgaria wants to charge tolls for trucks over a certain weight and has awarded a contract to Kapsch TrafficCom to assist in the process. The company will install a satellite-based system, which allows for greater flexibility in determining toll charges by calculating miles traveled, vehicle weight and type of road being used.
Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming have signed a memo of understanding to draft a plan for electric vehicles in their region. The goal is to create the infrastructure for electric vehicles traveling along the major corridors among the states, and that includes creating enough charging stations along the way.
Overnight closure of the Detroit-Windsor tunnel will begin today for a $17.6 million project to repair the ceiling. The project, which is being funded by toll revenue, will close the tunnel each night for 10 days, followed by intermittent closures until June.
Abertis has asked Atlantia to increase its takeover bid from $19.8 billion in the wake of ACS' Hochtief's bid of $22 billion. If Atlantia succeeds in its bid, it will have toll-road operations worldwide, but if Hochtief wins, the new company will be similar to Vinci SA, which both builds and operates roads.
City officials in New Rochelle, N.Y., are hoping to persuade Amazon to build its new headquarters by offering multiple site options: office development in the downtown core and a recreational space for employees on Davids Island. Development Commissioner Luiz Aragon says New Rochelle also offers "access to the region without really having to be within the boundaries of New York City."
Authorities in the Tajikistani city of Dushanbe are tearing down many old Soviet buildings to make room for more modern apartment buildings and shopping malls as part of an urban development strategy aimed at accommodating the rapid growth the city expects to see over the next decade. Work is already underway on a new parliament, an elevated highway and metro stations.
Toyota Motor will soon unveil artificial intelligence for autonomous cars that will be able to read the driver's emotions and alertness through actions, expressions and tone of voice. The AI, which could help predict and control dangerous situations, will be displayed in the company's new concept vehicle.
Amazon and Garmin have partnered to bring Alexa's data and analytics into the dashboard of vehicles. By incorporating Alexa into a car's stereo, Garmin Speak will provide audiobooks, music, news and weather through a sound system instead of a speaker.
The Merge Greenwich consortium said that about 30% of taxi and private-hire trips could use autonomous vehicle ride-sharing services in London by 2025. The consortium, using data collected in Boston, Los Angeles and London, conducted the yearlong study to determine how autonomous vehicle ride-sharing fits into London's transportation network.