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1/24/2020

Apple is developing technology that would enable users to voice-guide autonomous vehicles. A patent application made public Thursday indicates the company is working on a Siri-like system that involves gesture, voice and touchscreen control.

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1/24/2020

AAA has found that people are feeling less "range anxiety" regarding electric vehicles, which are becoming more competitive with gas-fueled cars in terms of price. AAA's study found that once people buy EVs, their anxiety about running out of power eases, and that the electricity used in driving a small EV costs an average of $546 annually, compared with $1,255 for a gas-powered vehicle.

1/24/2020

Whole Foods stores nationwide are short on beans, grains, lentils and rice. The grocer attributes the shortage to weather-related issues and the sudden closing of one of its private-label product suppliers.

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1/24/2020

The best leaders invest time in their people to help them grow instead of simply "spending time" to correct mistakes, writes Steve Keating. This is an example of managing versus leading, he argues, wherein leaders look to grow people rather than oversee and correct them.

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1/24/2020

An amendment on the ballot this November calls for the creation of a toll authority for Baldwin County in Alabama, with tolls going toward paying for the $227 million needed to improve the roads. Voters rejected a 2016 bill to add a toll authority.

1/24/2020

The Michigan Senate will vote next week on a proposed feasibility study on adding tolls to specific highways or bridges as a way to pay for infrastructure needs. The bill won approval from the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee last year, and it will later go to the House for a vote.

1/24/2020

Maryland legislators are misguided for pushing a bill that would allow local governments to veto toll roads in their jurisdictions, according to the editorial. The bill is in opposition to Gov. Larry Hogan's plan to add toll express lanes to the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270.

1/24/2020

Construction on the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway toll bridge that will connect the main Cebu island with Mactan Island in the Philippines is nearly half complete. The 5.28-mile bridge is expected to be ready by August 2021.

1/24/2020

Alphabet's autonomous vehicle unit, Waymo, will begin testing self-driving trucks on roads in New Mexico and Texas. The vehicles, which will drive in tandem with self-driving Chrysler Pacifica vehicles, have previously been tested in Arizona, California and Georgia.

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1/24/2020

Upgrades to the tolling system by the Maryland Transportation Authority on the Intercounty Connector will result in road closures over the next two weekends in Montgomery County.