California-based Sila Nanotechnologies is among several companies exploring the possibility of replacing graphite with silicon to trim production costs and extend driving range in electric-vehicle batteries. With a higher energy density than graphite, silicon could trim cost per kilowatt hour in electric vehicles by 30%, say researchers at Vrije University in Brussels.
A Connecticut Department of Transportation study on tolling determined it would cost about $372 million to implement and generate $1 billion a year by tolling all vehicles. However, Governor-elect Ned Lamont said on the campaign trail that he would limit tolling on personal vehicles.
A Malaysian politician is urging the government to lower tolls for local residents on the second Penang bridge. Goh Choon Aik says lower tolls could increase traffic on the bridge, which is not generating enough revenue to cover maintenance.
The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority hopes to complete right-of-way acquisition in 2019 for a five-mile extension of the Gilcrease Expressway, with a goal of completing the project by 2022. The work is estimated to cost between $330 million and $340 million, and tolls would be used to pay back a federal loan for construction.
The 18-mile Monroe Expressway in Union County in North Carolina is expected to open Nov. 27, and first responders have been training on the $460 million toll road to improve response times. A camera system will be used to inform emergency responders of accidents.
Ford CEO Jim Hackett said the company would consider fellow automakers or other companies that want to invest in Ford's autonomous vehicle business, but did not sound overly optimistic that a deal would be struck with German automaker Volkswagen to expand an existing partnership. Ford and Volkswagen are in a project to develop light commercial vehicles.
New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority has warned it needs additional sources of revenue or else will be forced to raise tolls and public transit fares and cut services. The organization has seen a decline in ridership and revenue, and congestion pricing is one avenue being discussed.
Transportation advocates were encouraged by voting outcomes across the country and are looking to push for increased transportation funding in 2019. Several governors campaigned on improving infrastructure, but still must get funding measures through legislatures.
In a continuing effort to build a fail-safe software stack for autonomous vehicles, Apex.AI has raised $15.5 million in Series A funding led by Canaan and joined by Lightspeed Venture Partners. With redundancies incorporated into its system to prevent failures, Apex.AI's software stack can be amalgamated into systems and can function as the enterprise version of the Robot Operating System.
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