Transportation
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1/17/2020

Amazon is buying 40 electric vans for deliveries in Munich as part of its effort to reach carbon neutrality in 20 years. Deutsche Post's StreetScooter unit, which is selling the vans to Amazon, has set up 60 charging stations at an Amazon fulfillment center near the city.

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1/17/2020

Uber, on behalf of several bicycle advocacy groups, has written a letter to a House committee urging work on bicyclist and pedestrian safety. The company supports mobility lanes and policies aimed at decreasing auto traffic, and it is releasing for public use a data tool that includes JUMP bicycle data.

1/17/2020

Some people have expressed doubt about electric vehicles' ability to work in extremely low temperatures, but even in a Canadian winter, they do fine, while gas-powered cars often struggle, says Saskatchewan Electric Vehicle Association President Matthew Pointer. He says the cold reduces his EV's range but that nightly charging addresses that problem and that the large battery and relative lack of moving parts in the engine help the car maintain heat.

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CBC News (Canada)
1/17/2020

A preliminary injunction issued Thursday by a federal judge temporarily blocks California from enforcing a new law requiring independent truckers to be treated as employees. US District Judge Roger Benitez ruled that the law encroaches "on Congress' territory by eliminating motor carriers' choice to use independent contractor drivers."

1/17/2020

Research suggests that leaders with high levels of discipline and love have better-performing teams and less turnover than leaders who try to please or rule over employees, writes John Eades, CEO of LearnLoft. "Leaders whose style is to elevate their employees report having high-performing teams at rates better than all other styles combined," he writes.

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SmartBrief/Leadership
1/17/2020

Atlantia's motorway unit, Autostrade per l'Italia, has pledged a 40% increase in its budget amount for highway maintenance over the next four years. The $1.7 billion budget is part of an effort to pacify the Italian government in the wake of the collapse of a bridge it operated, which left 43 people dead.

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Reuters
1/17/2020

Amazon has become a growing channel for manufacturers in China looking to sell their goods directly to consumers in the US. China's Jiaxing Zichi Trade is the parent of Orolay, maker of the $139 "Amazon Coat" that was projected to generate sales of up to $40 million last year, according to published data.

1/17/2020

The best leaders rely on their team to fill the gaps in their own knowledge and aren't afraid to say, "I don't know ... yet," writes Steve Keating. "They are willing to allow the problem to persist a bit to ensure that once it's solved it's solved for good," he adds.

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1/17/2020

Microsoft intends to be carbon negative by 2030 and is launching a Climate Innovation Fund to pick up the pace of development for carbon reduction, capture and removal technologies. The fund will support innovative work with equity and debt investments.

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VentureBeat, GeekWire
1/17/2020

The New York City Department of Transportation will implement the Savari SmartCross Vehicle-to-Pedestrian communication system. The first real-world deployment of the system will use a mobile phone app in sync with the Savari cloud software to provide information on traffic lights to pedestrians.

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