Robotic systems will fulfill orders and perform other warehousing and delivery tasks in roughly 45% of e-commerce and omnichannel commerce companies by the end of 2018, writes Adam Robinson of Cerasis. Robinson highlights five other logistics trends, including more attention to cybersecurity and wider use of mobile apps.
The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced plans to expand its 511 Navigator traffic-management system. The project aims to improve road safety and extend high-speed internet access to more people.
Bold leaders are not impulsive or overbearing, but they do act decisively while knowing how much risk their team can manage, writes LaRae Quy. "They have mental toughness -- they believe they will prevail in their circumstances rather than expect their circumstances to change," she writes.
Public-private partnerships may be a good way to fund infrastructure projects, writes Rebeca Castaneda in this commentary. She highlights the Goethals Bridge between New Jersey and Staten Island and the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge in Virginia as two examples of successful public-private partnerships.
Texas is leading in the development of autonomous vehicles, and this innovation has been driven by enabling state laws and programs such as The Texas Automated Vehicle Proving Ground Partnership, one of 10 US Department of Transportation-designated pilot projects. Arlington is testing two low-speed autonomous shuttles that take people from entertainment district parking lots to sports stadiums, among other places.
Commissioners in Florida's Osceola County have approved a series of agreements to fund the Osceola Parkway Extension toll road project. The Central Florida Expressway board must still weigh in on the road's alignment.
Oregon has started a mileage tax pilot program, and a recent report from the White House Council of Economic Advisers highlighted the program. The report states that the program "allows consumer choice" and can raise money to pay for infrastructure projects.
Drivers on Interstate 66 toll lanes in Virginia paid a daily average of $12.37 in January, which has led some drivers to take parallel routes to avoid paying. A new analysis shows that these drivers are not slowing down traffic on parallel roads, and "the project is working as intended," said Nick Donohue, Virginia's deputy transportation secretary.
ITR Concession Co. is planning to install windmills along the Indiana Toll Road to reduce the toll road's carbon footprint. The turbines will be designed to catch the draft from passing cars, as well as natural wind currents.