Walmart is waiving its $35 minimum order requirement for Walmart+ program members to get free shipping, though the new feature will not apply to grocery orders delivered from brick-and-mortar stores. Walmart rolled out the $98-per-year membership program in September, offering discounts and other perks that include using an app to scan and pay, and the new free shipping benefit will apply to clothing, electronics and other non-perishable items shipped through Walmart's fulfillment centers.
Google is testing Google Maps 10.56.0, which adds crosswalk markers and building numbers for some cities. It also integrates with Uber, giving users the option of getting more accurate fares by sharing route information.
Autonomous truck platooning has become a hot topic, with autonomous long-haul trucks recently traveling through some of the most important freight corridors in the country. IBTTA's Bill Cramer explains how tolling agencies in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Ohio are spurring innovation in this area, with the Smart Belt Coalition conducting a one-way test trip during October.
Thanksgiving in New Hampshire saw a decline in the number of drivers using state toll roads. On Thanksgiving Day, the state's eight turnpike toll booths recorded 118,000 trips, less than half of the 2019 total of 265,000, while the five-day holiday total showed a 34% year-over-year drop, with 1.03 million trips taken.
Construction on the Gilcrease Expressway Extension is on schedule for completion by fall 2022, according to the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority. All environmental approvals and right of way acquisitions have been finished for the West Tulsa project, with paving work due to start in February.
The Ohio Turnpike Commission and Ohio Department of Transportation are using single-person trucks and backup crews to keep roads clear of snow while limiting and preparing for potential COVID-19 exposure. Crews will also monitor storm patterns to focus on areas that are hit the hardest by snow and ice, says Chris Matta of the Ohio Turnpike Commission.
The New York State Thruway Authority approved its first toll increases in a decade at their meeting yesterday. The increase will amount to about 10% for EZPass users, with the funds to help facilitate a shift toward cashless tolling.
Federal grants totaling $3.9 million will enable the Chattanooga Area Regional Transit Authority and its academic partners to use machine learning models to determine the best use of electric buses and on-demand transit. The models will use data related to weather, distance, road grade and charging costs.
A new Waymo site is planned near Columbus, Ohio, for testing autonomous vehicles in complex urban environments and various weather conditions. Waymo is partnering with the Transportation Research Center proving ground to set up scenarios for heavy-duty trucks and motion control testing.
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