Transportation
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11/20/2017

Abilene, Texas, has awarded a $1.5 million contract to Iteris to install wireless broadband-radio and other equipment at 63 intersections with traffic signals. The system will enable technicians to remotely respond to traffic problems.

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11/20/2017

An ecosystem of autonomous vehicles that resembles dockless bike-sharing systems would bring significant changes to social norms, Nathaniel Bullard writes. For example, parking lots in the sense we're familiar with might become obsolete, he writes.

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11/20/2017

San Diego will spend up to $5.7 million over the next five years to extend its free downtown all-electric ride-sharing shuttle service. The service is provided by The Free Ride, a startup based in New York.

11/17/2017

General Electric will acquire new companies to streamline its supply chain operations in an effort to boost profit margins while reducing costs overall. Though vague in details, the company's investor update indicated a rigorous revamping.

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Supply Chain Dive
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11/17/2017

Volkswagen says it will spend $11.8 billion through 2025 to create so-called new energy vehicles, which are all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars that meet China's energy requirements. It plans to launch 15 of these vehicles over the next three years with 25 more after 2025.

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Reuters
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11/17/2017

In smaller companies, leaders with grand visions of the future may not be taken as seriously as they would be at a larger organization, writes Lila MacLellan. This is because the closer leaders are to their employees, the more practical and detailed their messages are expected to be.

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Quartz
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Lila MacLellan
11/17/2017

The Tesla Semi is an all-electric semitrailer designed to automatically avoid jackknifing and travel 500 miles on a single charge. The battery-powered, nearly all self-driving truck can go from zero to 60 mph in five seconds without a trailer and could be less expensive to operate than trucks that run on diesel.

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11/17/2017

A year ago, the Massachusetts Turnpike switched to open-road tolling, and the state's Department of Transportation says nearly half a billion transactions have been processed. Around 86% of travelers used an E-ZPass to pay tolls, and MassDOT says the move has reduced commute times.

11/17/2017

A four-lane, 13-mile extension is planned for the Suncoast Parkway north of Tampa, Fla., and Lane Construction Corp. -- a subsidiary of Salini Impregilo -- won a $134.6 million contract to build one of the two sections. Construction could begin in 2018, and will include 15 bridges.

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11/17/2017

A private company built the South Bay Expressway toll road at a cost of $658 million, but later went bankrupt. The San Diego Association of Governments bought it for $351 million, and recently refinanced the debt in a move will save $147 million over 26 years.

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Times of San Diego