Transportation
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2/15/2019

About 2,000 crashes per year occur on Interstate 81 in Virginia, and the incidents sometimes cause traffic backups that last for hours. Lawmakers are considering alternatives after originally considering tolling as a solution.

2/15/2019

California Gov. Gavin Newsom's plan to scale back the state's high-speed rail project is a realistic assessment of its status, Laura Bliss writes. Newsom said in a State of the State address that the proposed $80 billion, 700-mile route should include only the $11 billion, 110-mile Central Valley segment.

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2/15/2019

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a wavelength system that could navigate autonomous vehicles through adverse conditions such as fog and dust when traditional methods falter. The researchers developed a two-dimensional, sub-terahertz receiving chip system that captures and interprets wavelengths through signal noise.

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New Electronics
2/15/2019

General Motors has named its electric-bike system Ariv and will call its compact electric bike Meld and its folding bike Merge. GM also announced its bikes will reach speeds of 15.5 mph with a battery charge of 40 miles after a 3.5-hour charge.

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2/15/2019

A recently launched e-commerce fulfillment system from Ryder System allows a direct connection between manufacturers and consumers, cutting out third-party marketplaces. The company will have new purpose-built facilities for high-volume fulfillment ready by May in California, Texas and Pennsylvania.

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2/15/2019

The competition authority in Austria is examining the terms and conditions between Amazon and its Austrian vendors to determine if the e-commerce giant is exploiting its market dominance. The claim centers on whether Amazon puts other retailers at a disadvantage to its own offerings.

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2/15/2019

XPO Logistics says the loss of business from a major customer has resulted in a lowered profit outlook for the year, and it has dropped any plans for new acquisitions. Instead, the company is buying back its stock and this week approved a $1.5 billion repurchase round, the second buyback announced this month.

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2/15/2019

Though the Valentine's Day candy market is worth nearly $1 billion in the US, it's actually the third or fourth best-selling chocolate holiday behind Christmas, Easter and Halloween, writes Deborah Adams Kaplan. The procurement process starts a year prior to Valentine's Day at TCHO Chocolate, which uses technology to create trend models to project sales and forecasts.

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2/15/2019

Tops Friendly Markets is expanding its same-day delivery service program through Instacart to reach more than 90% of its customers. Urban and rural customers can use the service at 129 of the grocer's 159 locations.

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2/14/2019

Residents in Philadelphia can check the status of current or upcoming road and sidewalk closures or report right-of-way violations through an interactive online map unveiled this week. "The map came about, especially a public-facing map, because of a push for transparency throughout the whole city in terms of what's happening on any given block at any given time," says Patrick Iffrig, chief of the Streets Department's right-of-way unit.

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