The vendors planning to operate the German autobahn tollways will seek $339 million in compensation for cancelled contracts. The toll projects were cancelled after the European Court of Justice ruled that a planned German highway toll discriminated against foreign drivers and breached EU law.
A new bill aiming to deal with bridge toll violators in Rhode Island has passed both legislative chambers and is now headed to the governor's desk. The bill lowers the number of unpaid tolls a driver can rack up before penalties kick in.
Italy has changed the toll tariff system to begin in January, which could reduce return on investment for toll-road operators. The operators want to discuss the changes with the government, although Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli says the tariffs would "not suddenly skyrocket and could even decrease."
Mayor Luigi Brugnaro of Venice, Italy, is asking UNESCO to exclude the city from its list of World Heritage sites after federal officials failed to endorse a plan that would close off a city canal to cruise ships. Brugnaro says his city no longer has confidence that Italy's government will help protect it.
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, city manager Janette Smith has promised the city will provide protection against hate groups for events on public property after a confrontation between Pride supporters and religious protesters left several people injured. Smith also says the city is looking into preventing the use of public spaces for events hosted by hate groups.
A partnership between Telstra and Lexus will work with the Victoria, Australia, government to use 4G mobile networks to connect drivers with traffic-management systems through a C-V2X system. Features to be tested include red-light violator warnings and right-turn assist with pedestrian alerts.
Car Pose Net is a new 3D vehicle tracking system from Zensors that relies on existing camera infrastructure and artificial intelligence. The system makes it easier to track vehicles in difficult situations such as visual obstructions or snow.
Ant Charging, an app from Ant Financial, will allow users to locate the closest electric-vehicle charging station from nine charging companies, eliminating the need to download apps for each company. The move puts Ant Financial into the growing electric-vehicle market in China, where it will face direct competition from Didi Chuxing, the country's largest ride-hailing company.
Thousands of objects orbiting the solar system pose a potentially devastating impact threat to Earth, and space agencies are carefully tracking them to predict whether and when they might strike. Matthew Williams looks at possible planetary defenses, including a vehicle that would intercept and collide with a threatening asteroid to throw it off course and a nuclear option.
A survey of more than 5,000 people conducted by Yale University has revealed that 57% of Americans and 56% of Texans believe fossil fuel companies are at least partly to blame for global warming and should be held accountable. The findings of the poll only add to energy companies' concerns that soon they'll have to pay large amounts of money to local communities for climate damages or to defend against a growing wave of climate change liability lawsuits.