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11/21/2017

Smart questions are diluted when you keep talking, Dan Rockwell writes. Ignore your discomfort, and give the other person a chance to answer.

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11/21/2017

The Golden Gate Bridge has transitioned to all-electronic tolling, and the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District says it needs to open only five lanes of the eight-lane toll plaza to manage traffic. The agency has "found that this configuration helps moderate traffic flow through the plaza and reduces mishaps due to last-minute lane changes as vehicles approach the plaza."

11/21/2017

Some Texas residents have pushed back against the use of tolling to pay for infrastructure, but a new group, Texans for Traffic Relief, is educating the public about the benefits of tolls. The group says that Texas must improve roads due to increasing congestion and that tolls are a way to help pay for improvements.

11/21/2017

A 30-mile corridor of toll lanes on Interstates 75 and 575 in metro Atlanta will open in 2018, and the goal is to reduce commuting times in the city. The project will eventually expand to 120 miles of toll lanes, but the $834 million Northwest Corridor is the longest section built so far.

11/21/2017

A partnership among drone developer The Sky Guys, Nvidia, IBM and the University of Toronto has been awarded a $587,400 grant to develop drones to monitor toll lanes in Ontario, Canada. The system will combine lidar, artificial intelligence, and cellular, radio and satellite communications to help locate toll violators.

11/21/2017

Honeywell has developed a windshield-mounted radio frequency identification tag that can be used in toll collection, as well as parking and fuel payment systems. The tag cannot be cloned, customer data is protected, and transmissions are encrypted.

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11/21/2017

A 25-member committee in Oregon assembled recently to study tolling on Interstates 5 and 205, and supporters say tolling will help reduce congestion. The tolls would be set based on demand, but not all are behind the idea.

11/21/2017

Worldwide electric-car sales will nearly double next year, and dockless bicycle systems will flourish in the US, Fortune predicts. Also, look for hyperloops to be tested in the Middle East.

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11/21/2017

Uber has agreed to purchase as many as 24,000 autonomous vehicles from Volvo between 2019 and 2021. Uber will modify the Volvo XC90 luxury SUVs with autonomous-car technology it has been developing with third parties.

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11/21/2017

Columbus, Ohio, plans to use a federal grant to fund medical transportation for pregnant women. The city initially intended to use the grant for bus safety sensors, as well as parking and street lights.