Apple has filed a patent application for technology that could alert a driver when the windshield is about to crack. The technology monitors a conductive film imbedded in the glass.
Uber and Lyft will be able to work with federal agencies to arrange transport for up to 4 million government employees and their families under an $810 million contract approved by the General Services Administration. Federal acquisition official Charlotte Phelan wrote that the contract "modernizes official travel and will make it easier, and cheaper, to use rideshare services for official travel."
Amazon is no longer allowing sellers that fulfill their own Prime orders to use FedEx Ground delivery due to delays, according to a company email. Amazon took similar short-term action last December in response to delivery complaints.
Virginia transportation officials have proposed extending the I-495 Express Lanes to the George Washington Memorial Parkway near the American Legion Memorial Bridge on the northern side of the Capital Beltway. Construction could begin as early as 2021.
The UK and Vancouver are considering road and mobility pricing as a strategy to reduce carbon emissions and traffic congestion. The developments show "that when practical people try to get things done, they turn to a practical funding and financing option that already serves tens of millions of users per day," writes Bill Cramer.
Lawmakers from Oregon and Washington took part in a virtual meeting yesterday to discuss the funding of a replacement bridge on I-5 over the Columbia River. The replacement may cost between $3.2 and $4.8 billion, and some legislators see tolling as a key part of funding the proposed project.
High-capacity roads in Spain may be tolled in order to pay maintenance costs, which are spiraling due to the poor condition of many such roads. Transport Minister Jose Luis Abalos said that fees would be waived for those traveling to and from work.
The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority has scheduled eight virtual hearings during December to give residents the opportunity to give feedback on its 2020-21 toll policy proposals, including potential changes to existing toll discount programs. Resident discounts may be reduced or eliminated to help offset losses associated with the coronavirus pandemic.
Annual toll increases on the toll roads operated by the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority will go up by just one or two cents on Jan. 1, as they are tied to the current inflation rate of 1.37%. The group was given the option to increase the rate by up to 2.3%, but declined to do so due to the current economic climate.
St. Petersburg, Fla., has launched a driverless shuttle along its waterfront in a three-month pilot project on a route shared with cars, bicyclists and buses. Though the vehicle is autonomous, there's a human on board who can use a controller to take over navigation if necessary.
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