The US House of Representatives has passed a bill aimed to split Verrazzano Bridge's one-way $19 fee into two $9.50 tolls to reduce toll shopping and congestion on the Brooklyn to Staten Island bridge. The New York City bridge is the only one in the nation where the tolls are federally mandated.
Panasonic and the Utah Department of Transportation are partnering to develop an advanced transportation data network aimed at preventing accidents. The $50 million project, which will incorporate technology that enables vehicles to communicate with one another and with traffic signals, is also expected to ease congestion.
BMW hybrids that are made in 2020 or later will switch off their combustion engines in heavily polluted urban areas and use electric mode, the company said Tuesday, with cities including Rotterdam, Netherlands, saying such auto-switch functions have helped cut pollution. BMW now plans to offer 25 electric vehicle models by 2023, ahead of its previous projection of 2025.
The Trump administration is working to roll back vehicle emissions standards even as China is aggressively embracing "new energy" vehicles, and "[w]hat's happening in China helps make the case that the Green New Deal .. isn't just about climate change but opportunities for businesses and jobs to grow," writes Adele Peters. Climate Reality Project executive Hal Connolly sees the transition to such vehicles as inevitable, but he notes that the US will need to change policies for the Green New Deal to boost American competitiveness.
The worldwide market for warehouse management systems is expected reach $5 billion by 2025, a 14% compound annual growth rate, according to an ABI research study. "As the warehouse technology ecosystem becomes increasingly complex, supply chain operators require more sophisticated management systems that can orchestrate the high volume and variety of intelligent, connected devices and systems," said ABI analyst Nick Finill in a statement.
The 5G mobile broadband standard will affect everything from autonomous vehicles and drones to fleet management, according to the CSCMP 2019 State of Logistics report, compiled with A.T. Kearney and Penske. Its "seamless execution and unassisted operations will transform the business economics fundamentally in the industry," said report author and A.T. Kearney partner Michael Zimmerman.
Ship operators are expected to incur enormous costs as they transition to comply with new emissions standards and are expected to pass part of those expenses along to truckers, container operators and other goods transporters, writes Jonathan Saul, Lisa Baertlein and Martinne Geller. The writers call this the "biggest shakeup in decades" for shippers, and Cas Pouderoyen of global logistics company Agility said the changes "will undoubtedly force many exporters and importers to review their sourcing strategies and vendors."
Vermont, Florida and Colorado are working on plans to allow residents to purchase certain prescription drugs from Canada, and the concept has the support of President Donald Trump. Previous efforts to allow Canadian drugs to be purchased by US residents have failed, and the current iterations are limited to certain types of medications, prompting skepticism that they will make much difference.
Leaders who share personal stories, even the painful ones, will build trust with team members and give them permission to be honest, writes Alaina Love. "Stories spark transformation in ourselves, in others and in our organizations," she writes.
The $472 million project to add a bridge and toll lanes on California's 15 Freeway is progressing on schedule. The project is slated for completion in the second half of next year.