French startup Zoov's bike-sharing system will fit 20 locked bikes in the space of a parked car, producing as little interference with pedestrians and automobiles as possible. When the service begins in November, Zoov's app will allow riders to reserve bikes, input destinations for price estimations unlock them.
As electric vehicle technology continues to evolve, companies are beginning to explore battery swaps as an alternative to recharging stations. Chinese carmaker NIO is leading the way with stations appearing across China that can replace dozens of electric car batteries in the time it would take one to recharge.
US companies are divided on the impact a US withdrawal from the Universal Postal Union could mean for business, though e-commerce firms such as Amazon and shippers UPS and FedEx could benefit from eliminating the subsidies. The White House said it will exit the union if highly subsidized foreign rate regulations aren't removed.
About 42% of US retailers surveyed reported a rise in serial returners over the past year, and around three-fifths said they would ban frequent returners from shopping on their sites, according to a survey from Brightpearl. Earlier this year, Amazon said it was considering banning shoppers who made too many returns.
Hurricane Florence caused an estimated $38 billion worth of damage across the Southern US when it made landfall a month ago, and supply chains are slowly getting back on track. Because the hurricane made landfall and remained in the region longer than normal, infrastructure damage and destruction from flooding was more significant, requiring drivers to find new routes to make deliveries.
JD.com's consumers can now send packages across China using its mobile app. The e-commerce company's logistics network and supply chain management technology allows for same-day, two-day and high-value shipping options.
A National League of Cities report states that more than half of the biggest US cities are addressing autonomous vehicles in their long-term transportation planning, compared with less than 10% doing so three years ago. The report recommends that cities starting autonomous-vehicle pilot projects specify goals and metrics before working with private-sector partners, academics and others.
Toll roads in the US, Latin America, Europe and Asia have shown resilience as an asset over the past decade, states Fitch Ratings' report "Toll Roads -- 10 Years in Infrastructure." Urbanization and the dependence on commuter traffic gave toll roads stability amid economic downturns, although challenges remain in accurately forecasting traffic volumes, writes Cherian George of Fitch.
Construction is to begin on a $350 million project to add toll lanes on Interstate 25 between Fort Collins and Johnstown in Colorado. The work will add a park-and-ride, plus a bus station accessible by walking beneath the interstate; completion of the project is dependent on two transportation ballot measures.
Georgia's State Road and Tollway Authority is conducting a survey to get feedback on the new Northwest Corridor Express Lanes on interstates 75 and 575 in Cobb and Cherokee counties. The lanes opened in September, and the agency is trying to gather information such as how much time people save by using the lanes and whether the lanes' hours of operation are effective.