Honda is offering its Clarity model with a hydrogen fuel cell, which generates electric power via a chemical reaction between air and compressed hydrogen. So far, the car is available only in California, but the company may roll out the vehicle elsewhere, as more compressed hydrogen stations are introduced.
Large trucking firms are concerned that the coming federal employer mandate for COVID-19 vaccines could prompt drivers to move to smaller fleets in an already tight job market and that required testing for the nonvaccinated would add time and complications to driving routes. The American Trucking Associations says the 100-employee threshold is "discriminatory and counterproductive," and U.S. Xpress Enterprises CEO Eric Fuller says the ripple effects along the supply chain could result in "empty shelves."
Kroger and Instacart have joined to offer 30-minute delivery on food and household items as the grocer works to meet the continuing demand for speed and convenience from its online customers. Kroger's partnership with Instacart resulted, in part, from the grocer's experiment with accelerated delivery two years ago, which revealed such a service was difficult to maintain and expand using only Kroger employees.
Brownsville, Texas, is tapping an updated traffic-control system to bolster traffic-light synchronization across the city, after allocating $2.4 million toward the effort over two fiscal years. The city has placed detectors to collect data on traffic volume, using that information to ascertain the optimal flow and change the lights in real time via Wi-Fi-based antennas, officials note.
Automakers are increasingly collaborating with semiconductor companies to address the chip shortage, with Intel's CEO Pat Gelsinger noting "a symbiotic future that we are off innovating and supplying as the automobile becomes a computer with tires." says Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon. Some chipmakers are increasing their production capacity for vehicle chips, while automakers shift production schedules to account for chip supplies.
Amazon aims to add 125,000 new warehouse and transportation staffers in the US as it gears up for the holidays, courting recruits in some areas with signing bonuses of $3,000. The news came as the e-commerce giant raised its average starting wage from $15 to $18 per hour and reported that in some markets, pay for hourly workers could be as high as $22.50.
Researchers at Vanderbilt University are involved in four projects to improve traffic flow on Interstates 24 and 40 in Nashville. When combined, the projects will create a sophisticated system of sensors, fiber optics, 4K cameras and more to collect data to understand autonomous vehicles.
The Maine Turnpike Authority has announced that the York high-speed toll plaza will become operational Wednesday at 12:01 a.m. Demolition of the old plaza will take place in several phases and should be finished by October 2022.
A Shanghai expressway slated to open in 2022 will provide a major link in the city's road network, connecting the downtown area and Pudong. The Fengcheng toll station and ramp will close this Friday until late 2022 to allow construction to be completed.
A $19.2 million project to convert HOV lanes into express lanes along Interstate 64 near Chesapeake, Va., is expected to be competed by the end of next year. The project is part of the larger Hampton Roads Express Lanes Network project.