Autonomous vehicles will affect the engineering approach to roadway design, says Michael Babusci of Herbert, Rowland & Grubic. Babusci recommends that state departments of transportation be prepared for the changes autonomous vehicles will bring.
The much-anticipated $2.26 billion Transbay Transit Center, which features a 5.4-acre rooftop public park, has opened in San Francisco. It includes approximately 1.2 million square feet over six levels and was completed after 20 years of planning and almost 10 years of construction.
Leaders have to do a lot of talking, but they need to remember when to stop and listen, writes Peter Tourian, CEO of SYNERGY HomeCare. Otherwise, they'll miss out on valuable insight from customers, employees and other stakeholders about how to improve their business, he writes.
West Virginia Parkways Authority General Manager Gregg Barr says around 6,000 drivers signed up for E-ZPass accounts in July, wanting to take advantage of a $24 three-year, single-fee discount program. The program goes into effect Sept. 15, and the enrollment rate is above normal.
The Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority has canceled a hearing regarding a proposed 25-cent toll increase on the Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge, saying it expects to study the idea more. The authority said it will restart the process in 2019.
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel gave around 200 people a close look at its progress on Aug. 3. The tour included a review of the tunnel's history and a discussion of construction details.
Sixteen highways in Malaysia have been identified for the installation of radio frequency identification units for toll collection. The pilot phase will begin in September, and full implementation is slated for 2019.
The New Hampshire Department of Transportation is withholding payments of approximately $1 million from toll collection operator Cubic Transportation Systems, citing contract-delivery failures. The vendor has failed to send invoices in a timely manner for around 8 million transactions, the department reports.
Apple has filed a patent in Europe for the Heads-Up Display, an augmented-reality windshield system that would permit FaceTime calls between passengers in difference vehicles, according to the Patently Apple blog. The smart windshield display also would include internal sensors to detect driver and passengers stress.
Bird and Lime have raised additional capital and are expanding electric scooter service to international markets while continuing to grow around the US. Lime has raised $467 million in funding, and Bird has raised $415 million -- and, combined with Goat, Skip and Spin, they offer electric scooter service in 33 US cities.
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