Smart cities haven't improved on congestion, and smart parking can help by easily getting ride-hailing vehicles off the road when they're not being used with pre-reserved spots, and the process can be automated. Smart parking lots can also take scooters, charge electric vehicles and provide landing space for drones.
Electric scooters -- designed to reduce congestion, emissions and increase efficiency -- accounted for nearly 46% of micromobility trips last year. Technology, such as machine learning, internet of things sensors, GPS and cellular, could be leveraged to increase rider safety and better understand rider behavior.
Car drivers think they're safer than commercial truck drivers, a study by Verizon Connect and Wakefield Research has found, but just 3% of severe crashes involve commercial trucks. In the survey, most drivers said they'd seen a commercial truck driving dangerously, including speeding and changing lanes abruptly.
Toll roads in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, opened to traffic today with a period of no toll collections for the remainder of 2020. Drivers can register on the road system's payment portal by Jan. 1, when tolls are scheduled to take effect.
Florida's Multi-use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance task forces have scheduled meetings in preparation of a report to be finalized by Oct. 1, 2020, concerning three proposed toll road expansions. The projects would extend the Suncoast Parkway and the Florida Turnpike and would include a toll road in a multi-use connector between Collier and Polk counties.
The National Highways Authority of India said it expects toll revenue to rise in the next five years as the country's toll road miles increase from 15,532 to 46,603. Greater revenues will help the NHAI "get loans from banks and raise more money from markets and invest in more projects," said Nitin Gadkari, India's union minister of road transport and highways.
The National Highways Authority of India has signed memorandums of understanding with eight agencies that own toll roads as part of the One Tag One Nation initiative, which includes the use of FASTags on state highways. The effort also seeks to enable drivers to use FASTags to pay for fuel and parking.
Drivers can access the Kansas Turnpike via a newly opened entrance ramp in east Wichita. A K-TAG or compatible toll device will permit motorists to access the Turnpike electronically.
India Ratings & Research has adjusted its road sector outlook from stable to stable-to-negative for the rest of the fiscal year. The rating firm cited "heightened risk in prediction of traffic growth due to deceleration in economic growth."
China Communications Construction Indonesia plans to invest $1.65 billion in Indonesian toll road operator Jasamarga Probolinggo Banyuwangi, which recently was awarded a contract to construct a 106-mile toll road. The road will link the Indonesian cities of Probolinggo and Banyuwangi.
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