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5/21/2018

Additive manufacturing, more commonly known as 3D printing, could bring major changes to trucking as additional materials become available and the potential grows to significantly cut costs for aftermarket parts. "You're not going to be shipping shoes; you'll be shipping polymers, resins and things that are bulk commodity," said FTR CEO Eric Starks.

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5/18/2018

Walmart will launch its grocery delivery service across the Chicago market on Tuesday, charging $9.95 for same-day delivery. The addition of Chicago comes as the company strives to cover 40% of American households with grocery delivery services by year's end.

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5/18/2018

Tolls on the Golden Gate Bridge will increase 25 cents July 1, but no more toll increases are planned. The increase, intended to help prevent a budget deficit, will bring the cost of crossing the bridge to $8 for cash payers.

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5/18/2018

The Smart Columbus Operating System, developed in Columbus, Ohio, will aggregate data to provide residents with information about transportation and other community services. "Fundamental to 'becoming smart' as a city is discovering how to use data to improve city services and quality of life for residents," Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said.

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5/18/2018

Acura has unveiled a touchpad used to navigate infotainment systems. Acura aims to create an easier way of navigating such systems without requiring drivers to take their eyes off the road.

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5/18/2018

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she didn't know if comprehensive infrastructure legislation proposed by President Donald Trump would happen in 2018. Democrats expressed opposition to the package's reliance on funding from the private sector, as well as state and local governments, and Republicans did not suggest legislative alternatives.

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5/18/2018

The Dulles Greenway's operators planned to donate tolls collected Thursday to charity. The goal of the 13th annual event was to raise $350,000 to be divided among several charities and a scholarship recipient.

5/18/2018

The new westbound span of the Goethals Bridge between New Jersey and Staten Island, N.Y., is scheduled to open by Monday after being completed on time and on schedule. The bridge features three 12-foot travel lanes each way and a 12-foot outer shoulder.

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5/18/2018

Inconsistency in testing and operation of autonomous vehicles could be resolved by applying the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's framework, said Alison Pascale of Audi of America. Pascale said failure by the Senate to pass tech-agnostic legislation defining federal roles would lead to "delayed testing and deployment in the United States of ... life-saving technologies."

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5/18/2018

Most of the 2,600 wrong-way crashes recorded by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles in 2016 occurred on surface streets, with only 3% taking place on interstates or toll roads. The Central Florida Expressway Authority installed wrong-way detection systems on 35 toll road exit ramps to try to improve safety.