Autonomous-vehicle-technology tests at the National Intelligent Connected Vehicle Pilot Zone in Shanghai and other trials highlight China's aim to lead the world in driverless-vehicle technology. The approximately 2-square-mile Shanghai test facility includes a range of road conditions and employs dedicated short-range communications and LTE-vehicle and Wi-Fi signals.
The city of Lincoln in England has upgraded 300 CCTV cameras as part of a three-year smart city initiative to improve local roads, infrastructure and public spaces. "The new system will have extended capabilities and coverage, and therefore be better able to support the police and other agencies in keeping people safe in the city center," says Steve Bird, Lincoln Council assistant director for communities and street scene.
In the first week of operation in April, 950 students at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., used bike-sharing for 2,082 trips. Spin offers 100 bikes for use on campus, with 75 in operation at a given time.
US companies who import materials from China to manufacture goods in the US could be hit with most of the imposed tariffs proposed by the White House, analysts say. Ultimately, US consumers will see significant increases in prices.
Boston is considering congestion pricing to reduce traffic congestion, and Seattle sees the method as a way to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and raise funds for public transit, while the New York Legislature did not pass a "cordon toll" for New York City. "Two cities on the United States' east and west coasts, both with epic local traffic problems, are considering congestion pricing as a way to get people and goods moving again," says Bill Cramer, communications director for the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association.
Technology is rapidly changing the transportation and trucking industries. Autonomous vehicles, GPS devices capable of responding to traffic complications and high-speed rail such as the Hyperloop are all expected to advance in the coming years.
Toll lanes using variable pricing, built without taxpayer funding, are one of the best tools Southern California can use to reduce traffic congestion, write Baruch Feigenbaum and Rebecca Castaneda of the Reason Foundation. The authors note a 2017 Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority recommendation that a 621-lane-mile Express Lane network be built.
The Georgia Department of Transportation expects to complete construction of 30 miles of reversible express lanes this summer. The Northwest Corridor Express Lanes will require drivers to use Peach Passes.
The Federal Highway Administration will accept applications from states and local governments for $60 million in transportation technology grants designed to make transportation safer and more effective using data. Examples of potentially eligible programs are integrated corridor management, real-time traveler information and traffic data collection.