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8/14/2020

Tolls will be lifted on roadways in the Konkan region of India for two days prior to and two days following the 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival, according to the Maharashtra government. Thousands travel to the region for the festival, which begins Aug. 22.

8/14/2020

Maryland state officials say it is imperative that Congress renew funding for the Federal Surface Transportation program, which will otherwise expire at the end of September. A TRIP ranked Maryland as having the second-worst traffic congestion in the nation, noting that traffic on Maryland highways increased nine-fold between 2000 and 2018.

8/14/2020

Huawei aims to produce $500 200-channel lidars, which would make the technology inexpensive enough that it could be used in all smart vehicles. Sunny Lee, an executive at vision processing tech company StradVision, said, "We see lidar units becoming smaller and cheaper, which is good for the auto industry and autonomous vehicles."

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8/14/2020

Construction is set to start next month on a $40.6 million FedEx Ground distribution center in the Birmingham, Ala., area. The project is scheduled for completion by June of next year.

8/14/2020

A state appeals court in California on Thursday reversed a lower-court ruling that shielded Amazon from liability for injuries resulting from items sold by third parties on its Marketplace platform. The court determined Amazon was not protected under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

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8/13/2020

Lowe's will roll out four more e-commerce fulfillment centers and seven distribution sites for appliances and other bulky items, part of its $1.7 billion plan to bolster efficiency and revamp its supply chain amid higher e-commerce demand. The home improvement retailer said the expansion would make two-day delivery available to almost all Lowe's customers.

8/13/2020

Amtrak has updated its app and website to indicate train capacity, allow for contactless travel and provide route details and other information. Amtrak President and CEO Bill Flynn said the upgrades would improve "the safety and health of our workforce and travelers ... [and] our customers' experience while providing easy access to important travel information."

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8/13/2020

Amazon's percentage of shoppers' dollars has grown compared with Walmart since the pandemic drove consumers away from brick-and-mortar retail to online shopping, according to Facteus. Shoppers on Amazon are also reportedly spending more time browsing the wide variety of products available on the site, including huge stuffed panthers and coffin-shaped shelves.

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8/13/2020

The adoption of autonomous vehicle technology in the Los Angeles area is aimed at improving pedestrian safety, according to Seleta Reynolds, general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. A pedestrian detection system around Metro Red Line subway stations is important because that is "where we have high numbers of people walking, and also high numbers of people getting injured and killed," Reynolds said.

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8/13/2020

Forty-three percent of billed tolls on San Francisco Bay Area bridges went unpaid between March 21 and May 31 when the Bay Area Toll Authority implemented electronic tolling due to the coronavirus pandemic. While FasTrak tolls have been paid as usual, the unpaid tolls for previous cash customers represent a $16 million loss to the Bay Area Toll Authority.