The Central Florida Expressway Authority has unanimously favored a proposal to extend the Osceola Parkway toll road through nine miles of forest where endangered species live. The plan needs further approval from commissioners in Orange and Osceola counties and at the state level.
Lyft is launching a rental service in its main app, starting in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Drivers as young as 22 will be allowed to use the service, and cars -- the Volkswagen Passat and Atlas in San Francisco and the Mazda 3 and CX-5 in Los Angeles -- will be rentable for up to two weeks at a time.
Fisker Ocean's electric SUV will debut at CES 2020, with production scheduled for 2021. Planned innovations include app-based leasing, along with a possible 300-mile range and California Mode -- described as a "convertible-like experience" that does not involve a folding roof.
Frustration among electric-vehicle owners regarding the use of parking spots with charging stations has led to calls for laws to address the issue. The latest North American region to do so is Ontario, where anyone who parks a gas-using vehicle in a spot reserved for electric vehicles -- as well as anyone who parks an electric vehicle at a charging station without using it -- could receive a fine.
The University of Arkansas was recently awarded a $1.5 million grant from the Transportation Department's Maritime Administration to create the Transportation and Maritime Analytics Partnerships Hub, also known as TransMap. The hub will gather and disseminate data in the form of real-time interactive maps to help government officials and private sector executives design, construct and maintain transportation infrastructure such as waterways, rail lines, roads and highways, according to university officials.
The automotive industry has been shifting its approach to power source development and other aspects of vehicle technology over the past few months, giving newer transportation companies certain advantages, writes Ed Sperling. Established automakers have turned to development of new electrification fuel sources, sensors and solid-state batteries in an effort to regain the upper hand, and with cars expected to essentially become "supercomputers on wheels," the semiconductor market could be the biggest winner of all, possibly quintupling over the next two decades, he adds.
The Federal Aviation Administration is planning a new division for aircraft certification as it re-evaluates its certification process, which must accommodate the increasingly complex automated systems pilots interact with. The agency said the process of forming the new division began two years ago.
Indian Medical Association President Santanu Sen is requesting that its members be exempt from paying tolls on India's national highways. Lawyers in India have requested a similar exemption.