Democrats in the New Jersey House of Representatives propose to increase the state's 14.5 cents-per-gallon gas tax to fund investment in the state's transportation infrastructure. Republicans say they will support the measure only if the Democrats pass GOP cuts to estate and inheritance taxes. New Jersey's gas tax is currently the second-lowest in the nation.
Google has sent 14 of its driverless vehicles to Austin, Texas, for additional test drives on roads outside of California. "When we decided we wanted to expand our testing program to learn and gain more experience outside of California, Austin had lots of really attractive things going for it," a Google spokesman said.
The California High-Speed Rail Authority has decided to give five consortia an additional month to prepare their bids for Construction Package 4, a design-build contract for a 22-mile section of the high-speed rail network. The delay creates challenges, because $2.2 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus money must be used by Sept. 30, 2017, or be returned to the federal government.
Eighty-seven percent of consumers in Germany and the UK shopped online last year, up from 81% from 2013, according to a survey of more than 11,000 people in 12 European countries. Sweden-based consumer research firm Nepa AB found that Europeans shopped online most often for fashion, footwear, electronics and books.
Some people will have legitimate complaints but air them in the wrong situations. The job of a leader is to keep them from derailing things while also addressing their concerns, writes Ed Pierce. He suggests a range of countermeasures to keep your team focused. "If you directly engage these people, keep in mind that you may want to help them because, if converted well, they can become very vocal in support of your cause," Pierce argues.
Insurers are exploring telematics to enhance underwriting and product development, but experts say the industry can harness telematics to improve claims handling as well. A study in the UK examined how telematics can help determine whether drivers are more likely to have an at-fault claim.
Car-sharing revenue will grow by $5.4 billion over the next decade from $1.1 billion this year as programs become available in more cities around the world, with membership hitting 23.4 million in 2024, Navigant Research reports. "Car-share services fit squarely into the growing trend of on-demand mobility in urban markets," said analyst Lisa Jerram.
The Nice Ride bike-sharing program in Minnesota is asking the public to provide feedback on its service as it considers where to add stations over the next five years. The program nearly tripled in size this year, reaching 190 stations.
The Chinese government has plans to construct a 12,000 station charging network for electric vehicles in the next five years as part of its plan to increase adoption of electric vehicles. Plans include charging station spaces for residential complexes and charging facilities in at least 10% of parking spaces.
Though cloud computing isn't new, supply chain management has been slow to transition to it. However, cloud computing does allow better shipment tracking and rerouting. In this commentary, Anthony Clervi of UNA Purchasing Solutions discusses eight benefits of cloud-based supply chain management.
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