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9/17/2019

When wading through today's plethora of digital technologies, Walmart's Vijay Sankararaman considers the supply chain issue it addresses and the issue's value to the organization, and when introducing technology, the company focuses on retaining system stability, maintaining a simple user experience and bolstering operational effectiveness. During the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals 2019 EDGE Conference, Sankararaman pointed to Walmart's internet of things sensors, machine vision cameras, timely trailer tracking and blockchain traceability as solution-providing technologies.

9/17/2019

Waymo is piloting Chrysler Pacifica minivan robotaxis in a geofenced portion of the Bay Area, and in its first month, it transported more than 6,000 passengers. Although the rides are open only to Waymo or Alphabet employees and guests, the results show that Waymo can provide the service as it continues to refine the technology and ramp up its Arizona operations.

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9/17/2019

Tesla's autopilot still requires a human driver to be paying attention, but the eventual shift to fully autonomous cars, along with extensive in-car entertainment technology, could make the Tesla an extension of the home, writes Zachary Shahan.
Meanwhile, the automatker's Sentry Mode cameras are capturing footage of crimes, leaving open the question of whether law enforcement might one day ask for or demand Tesla's help with spotting crime.

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9/17/2019

American carmakers have said they want to implement rear-seat reminder systems that use sound and visual notifications, and they plan to ensure that nearly every new vehicle purchased in this country in 2025 -- if not sooner -- has such a system. KidsAndCars.org reports that since 1990, close to 1,000 children have died in hot vehicles.

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Legal Reader
9/17/2019

The Reason Foundation has released a policy brief outlining how a state might transition from funding its infrastructure with gas tax monies to a system of mileage-based user fees. The paper draws on pilot projects to identify a road map for a state to make the leap, including helping drivers understand that roadway users won't pay both a state fuel tax and a MBUF.

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9/17/2019

BancPass and the Kansas Turnpike Authority are teaming up to offer drivers a prepaid toll sticker that can be reloaded. The BancPass K-TAG starter kits will cost $20 and include a transponder, $10 in tolls and a card that can be reloaded at select retail locations, online or via an app.

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Kansas Turnpike Authority
9/17/2019

A Regional Plan Association report found peak-period tolls to get into or out of Manhattan should be around $9.18 to provide the most benefits. The report compared a flat day price, as well as low, moderate and high peak period prices to find the right price to accommodate New York City traffic congestion and revenue.

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Regional Plan Association
9/17/2019

Turkey's Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Cahit Turhan said 35 million vehicles have utilized the 264.7-mile Istanbul-Izmir highway since the majority of it opened in 2016. The last part of the project opened to traffic on Aug. 4.

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Hurriyet (Turkey)
9/17/2019

Bango, a British mobile commerce company, will partner with Texas-based AETolls to enable a "tapNpay" service to allow US users to pay for tolls through their mobile phones. This service may offer users without transponders another way to pay tolls as toll roads prefer cashless options.

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Texas-based, Bango, Bango
9/17/2019

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has put forth a five-year capital plan totaling $51.5 billion for infrastructure work, including new elevators at 70 subway stations. Only $25 billion of the funding is guaranteed through taxes and tolls, and MTA is seeking $10.7 billion from the federal government.

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