Amazon, which continues to work to reduce seller scams, has reportedly fired several employees believed to have improperly accessed data from an internal database. The company also deleted thousands of suspicious reviews.
UPS has increased ground, air and international service rates by 4.9%, effective Dec. 26. Additionally, a new $2 fee will be applied whenever a shipper doesn't provide an electronic manifest containing package information, also referred to by UPS as Package Level Detail.
BlackBerry plans to launch its Security Credential Management Service autonomous-vehicle test track in Ottawa, Canada. The service is designed for autonomous vehicles to securely communicate with infrastructure in smart cities and transportation operations.
The most valuable property in Loudoun County, Va., is the Dulles Greenway, with a $367.7 million assessed value, the county's fiscal 2018 comprehensive annual financial report states. The road, owned by Toll Road Investors Partnership II, accounts for 0.45% of the county's taxable real property.
Tolls on the West Virginia Turnpike will double to $4 in January, when a program for unlimited use of the turnpike also starts. Semitruck drivers likely will see advantages in the new unlimited access program, which cost $8 a year for three years, and will likely also see advantages in other discounts as well.
The year-old dynamic toll lanes on Interstate 66 in Northern Virginia are showing "positive indicators," although "I don't think you are going to see us declare outright success," Deputy Transportation Secretary Nick Donohue says. State officials say the toll roads have led to increased carpooling and public transit use, but critics say the new system tends to benefit those who can afford the toll lanes.
Some local drivers said traffic flowed better at East Boston's Sumner Tunnel before tollbooths were removed in 2017. Factors contributing to the traffic problems could include construction around the tunnel, an improved economy and increased use of ride-hailing services.
An effort is underway in the Senate to pass legislation on autonomous vehicles during the lame-duck session, but some Democrats do not support the measure. Automakers say the current bill would enhance autonomous-vehicle development, but the senators who oppose it say it would do too little to protect the public.
Data from the Aspen Institute and Bloomberg Philanthropies show 24 cities with autonomous-vehicle pilot projects in the US, the most of any country, with 50 others worldwide. Last-mile, taxi, freight and local deliveries are among the primary intended uses of autonomous vehicles.
Large corporations and investment funds have the capital and resources to fulfill the role the federal government once played in building large infrastructure projects such as interstates and the Hoover Dam, writes Alex Markovsky of the London Center for Policy Research, a think tank. Political leaders should remove the obstacles to private ownership of such projects, Markovsky writes.
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