Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has partnered with Aldar to develop the first commercial hyperloop, a 6.2-mile transportation system that would connect Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Chairman Bibop Gresta said he hoped the first section would be operational by October 2020 in time for Expo 2020 in Dubai.
The founders of Shadow Maps, a startup acquired by Uber, have beta-tested technology that is twice as accurate in receiving GPS signals for Uber's app. Using a process called occlusion modeling, testing was done in 15 cities worldwide.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology revised its Cybersecurity Framework to provide improved resources and guidance in protecting the digital supply chain for US companies. These updated recommendations aim to reduce foreign espionage efforts.
Alibaba has signed an agreement to create a smart digital hub in Thailand, though founder Jack Ma says it's not aiming to occupy the country or take jobs. The hub aims to support Thailand's entrepreneurs and will focus on research and development as the competition between online retailers in the region continues to grow.
Over the next two years, the San Francisco Bay Area may add 125 miles of tolled express lanes to reduce congestion, which has resulted in 17% longer commute times over the past 10 years. Groundbreaking is scheduled for today for the $107 million Interstate 680 northbound toll lane project.
Los Angeles Country Metropolitan Transportation Authority board member Janice Hahn recommends changing policies that lead to penalties against motorists entering tolled express lanes without transponders. She proposes that for motorists who use the lanes without transponders, bills for incurred tolls be sent -- rather than violation notices or California Highway Patrol tickets.
General Motors' Marketplace app will allow drivers to prepay gas purchases at Shell stations from their vehicle. It also will alert drivers when the vehicle is getting low on fuel and display the nearest Shell station.
A selection committee has recommended that AECOM be awarded a $5 million contract to help Ohio implement autonomous and connected vehicle infrastructure. AECOM proposed partnering with Cisco Systems and Siemens on the project.
The TollMiner data visualization tool created by the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association gathers and analyzes industry information to enable objective decision-making and support advocacy efforts. IBTTA used data from TollMiner in February to support its position that tolling should be part of the US plan to fund transportation after the Trump administration released its infrastructure proposal.
Seattle planners are working to keep tolls low when the Highway 99 tunnel opens so vehicles won't clog city streets to avoid paying. The Washington State Transportation Commission is planning public hearings on three tolling options this summer.