One key element of the switch to electric vehicles is the effective management of charging stations. This includes collecting, analyzing and sharing data, breaking down silos to give all stakeholders a complete picture.
Electronic Transaction Consultants has been selected by the Indiana Finance Authority to run back office operations for the RiverLink toll network and operate a call center in the Louisville, Ky., area. The Kentucky-Indiana Joint Board is expected to formally approve the deal next week and ETC is expected to take over by the end of 2023.
The Washington State Department of Transportation's Good to Go tolling website will go offline for two weeks starting July 2 instead of June 18 as originally scheduled. The move will allow the system vendor to address bugs in the system.
Visually impaired transit riders in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area can now access "remote eyes" to help them navigate the transit system. The free service is available through the Aira app and connects users with an operator who watches a live video stream from the user's device, directing them through transfers and reading signs and schedules.
Electric vehicles are poised to change a lot of things, including the time-honored practice of tailgating. Teslas have a "Camp Mode" for powering devices and playing tunes, while Ford's Mach-E has a drain plug under the hood for those who want to use the space as a cooler.
Lockdowns amid a surge in new COVID-19 cases in Guangdong, China, have exacerbated a strained supply chain dealing with a growing port backlog. Maersk and other big shipping companies have been warning customers about delays, changes in routes and increased shipping fees.
The US Postal Service has submitted a proposal to the Postal Regulatory Commission that would allow it to offset costs by moving more packages by truck and shift some first-class three-day package deliveries to two- to five-day windows. "By moving more packages via surface transportation than air, we will improve service reliability, increase efficiency, and reduce costs," the USPS said in a statement.
Better batteries are essential to the future of electric vehicles, and researchers are focusing both on short-term improvements in charging capacity and range as well as the longer term. Ultimately, this will require solving the highly complex problem of creating a solid-state battery that eliminates the liquid electrolytes now used in lithium-ion batteries.
Drones that can school like fish or transition between water and air are among the development objectives envisioned in the Navy's fiscal 2022 budget. Line items in the budget titled "Bio-Inspired Autonomous Systems" and "Bio-Inspired Autonomous Systems and Soft Robotics" suggest the vehicles would draw on lessons from nature while other bio-centric research would focus on materials, sensors and microbial electrochemical systems to produce energy from waste.
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