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10/19/2020

The future of electronic tolling on the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project remains in the hands of the South African government. "Nothing is concrete, nothing is settled on, everybody is holding on until we hear from cabinet," said Ayanda-Allie Paine, spokesperson for Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula.

10/19/2020

Former Navy fighter pilot Missy Cummings is now teaching at Duke University and focusing on the social and ethical impact of autonomous vehicles, with views that sometimes put her at odds with industry figures such as Elon Musk. In this Q&A, Cummings explains why she believes the key to development of safe autonomous vehicles lies more in sensors than in simulation.

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Forbes
10/19/2020

A micromobility startup, Swiftmile, is promoting a new business model with solar-powered charging stations for electric bikes and scooters that riders can use free. The stations, which are available in cities including Phoenix and San Francisco, generate revenue through advertising on digital screens.

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Electrek
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10/19/2020

A seven-city study by the nonprofit TransitCenter finds that public transit ridership is down overall, but not as much in areas with large populations of people of color, many of whom work in essential jobs and depend on public transit to get to work. The report recommends that transit agencies lower fares or offer free rides and adjust routes and schedules to meet demand patterns.

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Streetsblog
10/19/2020

ShipMatrix predicts that as many as 7 million packages a day will sit idle between Thanksgiving and Christmas and may be delivered late because of ground capacity constraints at large and small carriers, including FedEx, UPS, DHL eCommerce Solutions and LaserShip. Tim Geiken of logistics consulting firm Platinum Circle Partners says many players are seeking additional capacity, but "[w]ith minimal exceptions, nobody is finding it."

10/16/2020

Walmart is negotiating to purchase a 7.5% stake in TikTok's US assets and is discussing with app executives ways in which it can expand its customer reach, simplify social commerce and bolster shipping capabilities for product purchases, says CEO Doug McMillon. Walmart is bidding for ByteDance-owned TikTok along with Oracle and must gain government approval before a deal is finalized.

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CNBC
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10/16/2020

Third-party seller sales topped $3.5 billion for this year's Amazon Prime Day, up almost 60% from 2019 and outpacing Amazon's overall retail business, the company announced Thursday. Amazon did not release total sales figures but called the sale on Tuesday and Wednesday its "two biggest days ever for third-party sellers."

10/16/2020

Transportation departments in six states will begin using connected vehicle data to manage emergency evacuations during hurricane season. Florida, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee will work with Wejo and Moonshadow Mobile to manage traffic with the help of live data that monitors congestion on major escape routes and alternate routes.

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Cities Today
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Wejo
10/16/2020

Transportation departments seeking to improve traffic safety are the target market for Safety Solutions, a data package offered by Ford Mobility and Streetlight Data. The service overlays data on collisions and near misses with information on vehicle and pedestrian movement patterns to produce a visual representation showing where safety improvements are needed.

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Safety Solutions
10/16/2020

Changes in public transportation technology affect transit workers in ways that go far beyond job skills and daily tasks, writes Victor Figueroa, who urges dialogue involving workers when such technologies are implemented. He cites concerns related to tight schedules dictated by software, the stress created by surveillance technology, and software that ranks drivers against one another in ways that can result in disciplinary actions.

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Victor Figueroa