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10/15/2021

A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Qatar Center for Artificial Intelligence have created a deep learning model that can output crash-risk maps in high resolution. The model uses GPS patterns, satellite images, historical data and road maps to help predict crashes.

10/15/2021

IKEA reported a new annual sales record even as it struggles to keep stores stocked, and it's taking steps including leasing additional ships and buying shipping containers to combat the supply chain delays it expects to continue into next year. The Sweden-based furniture retailer is also streamlining some of its product lines in the face of shortages of some raw materials.

10/15/2021

The Pennsylvania Turnpike will open Interstate 576, also known as the Southern Beltway, today. The 19-mile, $900 million project will have three toll points, with tolls to cost $1.30 for E-ZPass customers and $2.60 for other users.

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KDKA-TV (Pittsburgh)
10/15/2021

City Council commissioners in Portland, Ore., voted in favor of a resolution that would pave the way for potential transportation-related fees. The city's Pricing Options for Equitable Mobility Task Force has recommended a central toll zone, a road user fee program and other changes.

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BikePortland (Ore.)
10/15/2021

The consortium that oversaw the construction of the Samuel De Champlain Bridge in Quebec has filed a $379 million lawsuit against Ottawa, claiming that the government failed to honor its contract. Signature on the Saint Lawrence's claims include that Ottawa abolished the planned toll on the bridge and refused to offer new traffic data to help the consortium understand the impact of removing the toll.

10/15/2021

LaserShip is acquiring fellow regional last-mile delivery company OnTrac for $1.3 billion, creating a network with more than 100 hubs in 30 states and the District of Columbia that can provide two-day delivery to 74% of US residents, according to LaserShip Chief Commercial Officer Josh Dinneen. The deal will likely close at the end of the month, but full integration won't begin until next year.

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Ontrac, Dinneen
10/14/2021

The New York City Council has committed to making the full transition from diesel to electric school buses in the city by 2035. The bill passed by the council says the transition is "subject to the commercial availability and reliability of all electric school buses, and the technical and physical availability of related planned infrastructure."

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CleanTechnica
10/14/2021

Volvo has unveiled an autonomous four-wheel load carrier that is made with fossil-free steel. The emission-free electric vehicle has been developed to work in mining and quarrying operations.

10/14/2021

President Joe Biden's plans to alleviate supply chain backlogs are helpful, but it will take more than commitments from shippers, ports and retailers to extend operating hours to resolve current snags, industry experts say. Other potential solutions include reshoring supply chains and cutting reliance on West Coast ports, while Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals President and CEO Mark Baxa recommends improving working conditions to alleviate labor shortages.

10/14/2021

The US Army plans to incorporate all-electric vehicles into non-tactical operations by 2030 and use clean electricity, per a recently released Pentagon strategy document. The White House has made climate change a national security priority.

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National Defense
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