The odds of cyberattacks are increasing as transportation systems become more connected, experts say. Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn said traffic signals, variable message boards and trains are among areas of high concern for transportation officials nationwide.
Traffic has increased on the MoPac Expressway in Austin, Texas, since tolled lanes opened in October, per information presented at the most recent Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority meeting. The authority agreed to assess how a discount program for qualified veterans would affect revenues.
BMW has announced plans to work with lidar startup Innoviz Technologies on autonomous-vehicle development. BMW plans to integrate Innoviz's solid-state lidar sensors in its vehicles as it targets a 2021 launch of self-driving cars.
Motorists will be able to pay tolls using E-ZPass on the Ocean City-Longport Bridge in New Jersey starting Monday, the Cape May County Bridge Commission said. Electronic tolling on five bridges in the county is expected to be phased in by June 25.
The Maryland Department of Transportation will continue accepting public comments through Tuesday after holding four open houses to discuss a plan to add tolled express lanes to the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270. The proposed managed lanes are part of Gov. Larry Hogan's $9 billion transportation plan.
Infrastructure New Zealand CEO Stephen Selwood says at least one of two New Zealand road projects anticipated to be announced today will likely be tolled and a public-private partnership will probably be involved. Selwood predicted that the Penlink project would be a two-lane tolled highway costing between $141 million and $212 million.
Volvo Cars is hoping to sell 400,000 to 500,000 electric vehicles a year by 2025, accounting for 50% of its sales volume. Volvo plans to install electric motors in every vehicle it produces starting in 2019.
The Harris County Toll Road Authority in Texas billed some EZTag customers rather than collecting tolls from them between January and April. The agency said it is working to resolve the error and motorists should disregard the erroneous bills.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority in Los Angeles is considering ending a program that offers free rides in tolled lanes to single-occupant drivers of zero-emission vehicles. Agency Executive Officer Shahrzad Amiri says the discount "limits our ability to manage the congestion."
Connecticut State House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz says he will call a vote next week regarding legalized tolling in the state. The bill would direct the Connecticut Department of Transportation to make a plan for tolling three interstates and two parkways.
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