Industry News
Transportation
Top stories summarized by our editors
10/14/2021

The operators of the Tyne Tynnel in England has requested registered owner details 239,000 times to issue penalties for unpaid tolls since open-road tolling began in May 2020. An unpaid toll notice is issued if payment for the toll is not made by midnight the following day, although TT2 says almost 99% of tolls are paid correctly.

Full Story:
BBC
10/14/2021

The Bundelkhand Expressway in Uttar Pradesh, India, is now 73% complete, according to a construction update. The 184-mile project includes 18 bridges and 19 overpasses.

10/14/2021

Fremont, Calif., plans to make its downtown a traffic-safety test bed, with radar and video devices spanning a 10-mile "Safe and Smart Corridor." In partnership with Iteris, the city will eventually incorporate emerging technologies such as connected-vehicle communications, artificial intelligence and analytics to help bolster traffic safety and flow.

Full Story:
StateScoop
10/14/2021

Ocado started as an online grocer and has grown into a tech partner building increasingly autonomous fulfillment and delivery platforms for global grocery partners including Kroger in the US, Sobey's in Canada and Casino Group in France. The company recently invested more than $27 million in Oxbotica and Wayve, two UK-based autonomous vehicle software companies.

More Summaries:
Sobey, Wayve
10/14/2021

Disruptions in the global supply chain will worsen before improving, leading to higher prices and a slower economic recovery, according to Moody's Analytics. A shortage of truck drivers, bottlenecks at ports, differences in how countries are responding to COVID-19 and the lack of a coordinated global logistics and transportation effort are all contributing to the problem, according to Moody's; however, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon predicts the worst of the supply chain problems will be over by next year.

Full Story:
CNN
10/14/2021

Buying ethically sourced or produced goods is important to 73% of Americans surveyed by OpenText, while 82% intend to focus on buying from companies with visible ethical sourcing strategies and 78% are willing to pay more for such items. "Brands can no longer claim they act responsibly if they have no visibility into their operations or those of their suppliers," said Lou Blatt, chief marketing officer at OpenText.

10/13/2021

Kroger, which opened its first automated customer fulfillment center with Ocado in Ohio earlier this year, now plans to roll out its online Kroger Delivery service in the Northeast in its first foray into the region. Kroger and Ocado also revealed plans for two more CFCs in Florida -- where it opened a fulfillment facility in June -- along with two additional CFCs in California as the grocer focuses on doubling its digital sales by 2023.

10/13/2021

A video shows a driverless Zoox car making its way through the busy streets of Las Vegas. Zoox, Amazon's self-driving startup, aims to launch robotaxi services in urban areas.

10/13/2021

Lucid Group's first battery-electric sedan, the Air, will feature the DreamDrive Pro lidar system. The system's sensors will enable to car to self-park, offer driver assistance, and monitor the driver's movements, stopping the car if it senses an emergency.

10/13/2021

Target-owned delivery service Shipt has grown its ranks of shoppers threefold to 300,000 since the start of the pandemic, fueling much of Target's pandemic-era market share growth, and Shipt depends on personal relationships those shoppers cultivate to keep customers loyal. Customers can now request a specific shopper, and the service keeps notes on things like dietary preferences to make it easier for shoppers to recommend substitutions when items are out of stock.

Full Story:
CNBC
More Summaries:
Shipt