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5/29/2020

Miami-Dade County may be getting $100 million in matching federal funds for its planned, first-in-the-county bus rapid transit system, which would run along the existing busway and consist of covered, cooled stations where riders could buy tickets in advance and board in groups. The buses would run on express routes, override red lights and cost much less than rail service while replicating its benefits, and the news of the matching funds was tweeted by local politicians and the president.

5/29/2020

Google Maps marks a user's location with a blue dot, and tapping that dot allows the user to copy a Plus Code -- a shareable shortcode. The option is useful particularly in homes in Asian countries without clearly defined addresses, and the code "includes a six or seven-character alphanumeric string followed by the area or city's name," Karandeep Singh explains.

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5/29/2020

Volkswagen will invest $1.1 billion in JAC Motors' parent company and $1.2 billion in Guoxuan High-tech Co. as large car companies expand into the Chinese vehicle market. VW's joint venture with JAC will launch an electric vehicle based on the MEB platform in 2023, and five others by 2025.

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5/29/2020

Procurement professionals will have to choose between reducing costs on one hand and increasing supply chain collaboration, training and automation on the other to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, according to Forrester research. Forrester analysts recommend that procurement teams implement more effective communications systems to help manage situations now and in the future.

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Supply Chain Dive
5/29/2020

The US-Mexico-Canada Agreement will offset trade concerns with China by encouraging trading among the countries involved, which will in turn bolster GDP and job growth, says White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow. The administration has tempered expectations for its Phase 1 deal with China, but President Donald Trump remains committed to negotiating trade deals, Kudlow says.

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5/28/2020

Amazon said today that it will offer to permanently hire 125,000 of the 175,000 US workers it brought on amid the pandemic, and the other 50,000 will remain on seasonal contracts. The company's permanent employees receive benefits including retirement and health insurance plans.

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5/28/2020

Smart Columbus, an Ohio initiative, hoped its educational outreach programs would boost electric vehicle sales in the region to 3,200 between April 2017 and March 2020, and the initiative's work exceeded that total by 23 vehicles. Director Jordan Davis said the result, which included dealership training programs, "is a model for communities."

5/28/2020

Changes to how and where we work don't necessarily have to end with the coronavirus pandemic, especially if these new practices encourage connection, autonomy and better outcomes, writes Susan Fowler. "Transparency, vulnerability and a focus on safety, health and wellness -- these are practices worth keeping because they deepen connection," she writes.

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5/28/2020

A group of industrial partners and university researchers in Germany have created Salus, a system for vehicles that can differentiate between objects and potentially prevent crashes. The system measures simultaneous data from radar, optical and infrared cameras to detect and predict the behavior of objects such as pedestrians, cars, bicyclists and animals.

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5/28/2020

Youngstown, Ohio, native Laurie Davis has worked her way up from a toll collector position in 1985 to interim director of toll operations for the Ohio Turnpike Commission. "I've never taken it for granted because with a great job comes great responsibility to serve our customers and employees," says Davis, who oversees toll collector functions at the agency's 31 toll plazas.