In-vehicle technology that monitors a driver's health could include access to a doctor if problems are detected, notes Harman executive Steve Surhigh. Sensors in the steering wheel or driver's seat could monitor the driver's pulse, and breathalyzer-based ignitions could become widespread.
Volvo's Volvo on Call app, which is operational in 47 countries, now tells drivers of plug-in hybrid vehicles how many -- or few -- miles they've driven in electric mode, as well as how much electricity versus fossil fuel they've used. Before the year is up, the app will also tell drivers how much money and emissions they've saved by using electricity instead of gas.
Alibaba is striving to increase gross merchandise volume by 40% next fiscal year to $1.4 trillion and have over 1 billion annual active customers in China by 2024, with a global customer goal of 2 billion by 2036, according to the company's annual report. Alibaba Group Chairman and CEO Daniel Zhang wrote that he expects to achieve these goals by investing in digital logistics and e-commerce, as well as cloud computing.
Delaware, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming were awarded seven Surface Transportation System Funding Alternatives grants totaling $15.1 million by the Federal Highway Administration to help find fuel tax alternatives.
The grants will go toward user-fee pilot projects for alternative revenue tools, such as mileage-based fees.
The Michigan Department of Transportation will conduct a toll feasibility study for several highways after gaining final approval from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Interest in tolls for I-94, I-75, US 127 and I-96 was expressed during a House Transportation Committee meeting.
Congestion pricing could help divert traffic to alternative routes on the Chiang Wei-shui Freeway in Taiwan on long holiday weekends, according to Chinese Institute of Transportation Chairman Lin Liang-tay. A freeway toll cap must be lifted for congestion tolling to be implemented, according to transportation officials.
The Indiana Toll Road Concession's headquarters in Elkhart have earned LEED v4 Gold certification. The use of solar energy, a can and bottle recycling system and smart HVAC systems are among the green features of the administration building.
Texas State Highway 130's southbound main lanes at Pflugerville's Cameron Road exit are temporarily closed to allow the installation of overhead toll equipment. The closure began today and will last through Monday morning.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey received an AA- rating from Fitch Ratings for about $1 billion in series 221st and 222nd consolidated bonds. Additionally, Fitch confirmed its F1+ rating for PANYNJ's $750 million authorized commercial paper program.
State tolls are not taxes and therefore do not require voter approval, according to the California Court of Appeal. The court ruled that a toll increase instituted by the Bay Area Toll Authority for seven area bridges is simply an increased user fee for the use of government property.
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