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City council members in Colorado Springs, Colo., have approved an ordinance that will expand a local RV street parking ban to include commercial areas as well as residential neighborhoods. Some critics of the move say it unfairly targets low-income residents.
Toyota AI Ventures is among investors in Parallel Domain's $2.65 million seed round of funding that will help autonomous cars operate in virtual worlds. "They have a clear vision for solving the problems associated with getting AVs on the road safely, and the expertise to make it happen," Toyota AI Ventures Founding Manager Director Jim Adler wrote in a blog post.
Google is expanding its Maps transit options to include Lime scooters and bikes, directing travelers to locations and providing estimated prices. The option will initially be available in Austin, Dallas and San Antonio, Texas; Los Angeles, Oakland, San Diego and San Jose, Calif.; Baltimore; Indianapolis; Seattle; and Scottsdale, Ariz., as well as Auckland, New Zealand, and Brisbane, Australia.
Virgin Galactic took another step toward living up to its name Thursday with its SpaceShipTwo brushing outer space, getting closer to making space tourism a commercial reality. The vehicle soared to a height of 51.4 miles, just above the edge where space begins, qualifying its two pilots for astronaut wings.
Stephen Sandherr, CEO of the Associated General Contractors of America, was named to The Hill's list of top lobbyists this year. AGC was recognized, in part, for its work in the infrastructure advocacy space.
Despite numerous obstacles, the approximately $4.6 billion, 300-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline should be roughly 70% finished by the end of 2018, putting it on track to go online late next year. "[W]e have made substantial progress this year," says Diana Charletta, chief operating officer at Equitrans Midstream Corp.
While some view the rise of renewable energy and Xcel Energy's pledge to provide 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050 as the beginning of the end for traditional power plants, one analysis asserts that the market for gas-fired power plants isn't in imminent danger. "The need to offset [plant] retirements will far outweigh the need to add new net capacity to meet growth in load," SSR's Hugh Wynne says.
Despite opposition from his successor, outgoing Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Enbridge have come to terms on a deal to construct a tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac that will support a new oil pipeline. The effort would take two older pipelines offline.
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