Researchers at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed an algorithm that improves the safety of autonomous vehicles when switching lanes. The project is receiving support from Toyota and the Office of Naval Research.
Maryland motorists will not be charged for E-ZPass transponders, said the Maryland Transportation Authority and Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday; additionally, refunds will be issued to people who bought transponders this year. E-ZPass customers save at least 25% on tolls.
A topping-out ceremony was held for a $485 million terminal under construction at Salt Lake City International Airport. The first phase is expected to be completed in 2020 and will include a 6.2-mile luggage conveyor and a new parking garage.
A groundbreaking was held for a compressor station for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which will transport natural gas from West Virginia to North Carolina. Dominion Energy has spent four years trying to get the pipeline underway, and the project is expected to create 3,000 construction jobs.
The Architectural Billings Index increased in April, marking the seventh straight month of growth. "While there was slower growth in April for new project work coming into architecture firms, business conditions have remained healthy for the first four months of the year," said American Institute of Architects chief economist Kermit Baker.
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The Chicago Plan Commission and Zoning Committee have approved the Obama Presidential Center, a $500 million project that will be constructed in the city's Jackson Park. It will require $175 million in public infrastructure improvements.
Virgin Hyperloop One is considering a system in Colorado, but officials say the project must first overcome financial, logistical and regulatory hurdles. The Colorado Department of Transportation and the company are conducting a feasibility study, which should be completed next year.
Massachusetts and Rhode Island have chosen the 800-megawatt Vineyard Wind project and Deepwater Wind's 400-MW Revolution Wind project, respectively, to harness offshore energy. The decision brings Massachusetts "one step closer to achieving our administration's goals of creating a clean, reliable and cost-effective energy future for Massachusetts residents, and significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change," said Gov. Charlie Baker.