JD.com's consumers can now send packages across China using its mobile app. The e-commerce company's logistics network and supply chain management technology allows for same-day, two-day and high-value shipping options.
Toll roads in the US, Latin America, Europe and Asia have shown resilience as an asset over the past decade, states Fitch Ratings' report "Toll Roads -- 10 Years in Infrastructure." Urbanization and the dependence on commuter traffic gave toll roads stability amid economic downturns, although challenges remain in accurately forecasting traffic volumes, writes Cherian George of Fitch.
A National League of Cities report states that more than half of the biggest US cities are addressing autonomous vehicles in their long-term transportation planning, compared with less than 10% doing so three years ago. The report recommends that cities starting autonomous-vehicle pilot projects specify goals and metrics before working with private-sector partners, academics and others.
Construction is to begin on a $350 million project to add toll lanes on Interstate 25 between Fort Collins and Johnstown in Colorado. The work will add a park-and-ride, plus a bus station accessible by walking beneath the interstate; completion of the project is dependent on two transportation ballot measures.
Georgia's State Road and Tollway Authority is conducting a survey to get feedback on the new Northwest Corridor Express Lanes on interstates 75 and 575 in Cobb and Cherokee counties. The lanes opened in September, and the agency is trying to gather information such as how much time people save by using the lanes and whether the lanes' hours of operation are effective.
Drivers on the Foley Beach Express in Gulf Shores, Ala., can access County Road 8 only when traveling south, but a planned project would allow access in both directions. Gulf Shores, Baldwin County and an American Roads subsidiary must approve of the intersection overhaul before work can begin.
Royal Dutch Shell unit euroShell Cards is buying a 15% stake in Toll4Europe, subject to regulatory approval; the company joins a consortium that contains Deutsche Telekom's T-Systems International, Daimler and DKV Euro Service. Toll4Europe offers technology that meets requirements that truck toll-collection systems be interoperable in all EU countries.
Uber Technologies is reviewing the possibility of allowing outside investors to acquire minority stakes in its autonomous vehicle business, the Advanced Technologies Group, sources said. Uber would retain majority ownership and operational control of the company, they said.
Samsung launched Exynos Auto and Isocell Auto brands to produce chips and camera sensors for vehicles. The Exynos line will include chips for driver assistance, telematics and infotainment, while Isocell will produce three levels of camera sensors.
E-bikes and scooters continue to have an increased presence in cities as Uber and Lyft join startups Bird and Lime in the market space. While the competition is leading to easier access for riders, the companies now may be forced to address issues that arise, including underage riders and bikes and scooters not being docked properly.
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