Amazon may be moving into the autonomous vehicle world with reported talks to buy Zoox, which has struggled to raise funding for electric-powered, robot taxis. Amazon has a team working on driverless-vehicle technology to enhance its e-commerce delivery options.
The number of people commuting by bike increased 20% in cities that offered bike-sharing, according to a pre-pandemic study by Dafeng Xu of the University of Washington. "This study shows that bike-share systems can drive a population to commute by bike," said Xu in a statement.
For-hire truck tonnage dropped 12.2% last month, the largest monthly decline since the April 1994 labor strike, according to the American Trucking Associations. Bob Costello, ATA's chief economist, says fleets carrying goods for grocery stores and online retail saw increased demand, and he predicted the freight market should begin to recover slowly amid reopenings.
Walmart has partnered with online resale company ThredUp to start selling previously owned fashions, accessories and footwear from various brands on its website. Shoppers who spend $35 or more will get free shipping, and buyers will be able to make returns at Walmart stores.
Maine Turnpike toll traffic dropped by half year-over-year to 500,000 vehicles during Memorial Day weekend, according to Peter Mills, executive director of the Maine Turnpike Authority. Consistent truck traffic prevented the turnpike's revenue from a steeper decline over the weekend, Mills said.
Six of the transportation industry's leaders discussed capital planning while maintaining stability during the coronavirus pandemic during last week's IBTTA news briefing. "It's important to send a strong signal to consumers and investors that our vital roads, bridges and tunnels will be available and well-staffed when the pandemic ends and the recovery begins," said IBTTA executive director and CEO Pat Jones.
The Equity and Mobility Advisory Committee of the Oregon Department of Transportation is developing plans for adding tolls to I-5 and I-205 in the Portland area as a way to relieve congestion and generate revenue. A 35% increase in population will lead to 1.8 million more vehicles in the Portland region by 2040, according to the ODOT's 2018 Traffic Performance Report.
The Build, Build, Build infrastructure program in the Philippines has resumed work on some projects with safety regulations in place. Work on the Cavite-Laguna Expressway, the Harbor Link, the North Luzon Expressway-South Luzon Expressway Connector, R1 Bridge Project, Skyway Stage 3, Subic Freeport Expressway and Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway has resumed.
The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority has received a $120.1 million Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loan for the Gilcrease Expressway West project. The loan, which will be primarily repaid through tolls, was provided through the US Department of Transportation's Build America Bureau and will go toward construction of a five-mile, four-lane divided toll road.
An unnecessary international divide over wireless communication for connected vehicle technology is creating a missed opportunity for collaboration, according to Paul Alexander, chief technical officer for Cohda Wireless. For example, China is committed to cellular V2X technology, while Volkswagen is producing vehicles with dedicated short-range communications technology, Alexander says.
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