Ford plans to test autonomous vehicles at its UK and Germany facilities next year. The company hopes to create a fleet of self-driving cars for US and European ride-sharing services in five years.
Three university professors, specializing in economics and public policy, have endorsed the mayor of Toronto's proposal to introduce the tolls on two of the city's busiest highways. They argue that it is more effective than building new roads, will help ease congestion and provide funding for other infrastructure needs.
Peter Wallace, the city manager of Toronto, has warned the city council that services may be cut and future infrastructure projects shelved if it does not approve Mayor John Tory's plan to start levying toll charges on the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway. The issue comes up for council review on Dec. 13.
Israel has opened a new extension southbound on Road 6, the Cross Israel Highway, adding new access points and stretching the road to a total of nearly 120 miles. The northbound lanes are due to open in a few weeks time and tolls will be charged on some sections of the road.
The government of Zimbabwe has awarded a $984 million engineering, procurement and construction contract to Geiger International to widen, rebuild and maintain the country's Harare-Beitbridge highway. Construction should begin in March.
Otto, a semi-autonomous truck took to the Ohio Turnpike for the first time Thursday in real traffic conditions as part of the state's move to pilot driverless technology. Officials, who chose the highway as it is relatively straight and flat, have emphasized that a human driver will also man the truck during this initial testing phase.
Crews will start blasting work for a new toll tunnel on Interstate 77, one of the busiest roads in Charlotte, N.C. Drivers have been advised of some road closures as well as diversions and temporary barriers, which may slow traffic at times.
Drivers in Portsmouth and Norfolk, Va., who meet an income threshold may qualify for discounted tolls to offset a number of price increases and the 32% hike that comes into force on Jan. 1. To qualify, the drivers must have an E-ZPass transponder and make at least eight trips a month on the tollways.
Germany and the European Commission have reached agreement on charging non-German registered vehicles that use the country's motorways, after months of dispute. The EU had argued that Germany's proposed charge would have been discriminatory and against existing rules, but both sides have now agreed on a tariff based on environmental criteria.
The Croatian government and the World Bank are nearing agreement on a $1.9 billion finance package to aid the country's road-building program, on condition that Croatia raise tolls and works towards introducing an electronic tolling system. Tolls are expected to rise by 5% from Jan. 1, and a tariff of seasonal adjustments will be brought in during 2017.
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