Wal-Mart's $3.3 billion acquisition this week of Jet.com could make the retailer the dominant player in low-price online retail, said consultant Bill Bishop. Jet.com grew to about $1 billion in annual sales in a little more than a year with a dynamic pricing model.
The boards of the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority and Regional Transportation Authority have adopted a 25-year plan worth almost $6 billion to build a public transit system in the Nashville area. It will reduce traffic congestion and connect the city to outlying areas.
The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority, in Florida, is set to start the second phase of a connected-vehicle program called the Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program, which will begin to implement the technology on streets in Tampa. A US Department of Transportation contract will fund the project, and advocates believe connected-vehicle tech can increase traffic flow and improve safety.
Self-driving-car guidelines the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued this week are aimed at creating a federal system for development of the vehicles while avoiding a patchwork of conflicting state regulations. Tougher California guidelines for the industry will need to be revisited because they exceed the authority the new rules give states.
The federal self-driving car guidelines released Monday may help the industry advance, but automakers, developers and suppliers will still face obstacles that include uncertain demand, different levels of autonomy and discrepancies in state laws.
Researchers will determine if smart sensors being installed on the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan are an effective way to monitor the health of the nation's infrastructure. Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., received a 4-year, $1.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation for the work.
Shipt will hire 200 more shoppers in Michigan in response to heavy demand for Meijer's new 24-hour grocery delivery service. The retailer's delivery partner had hired 300 in preparation for the Sept. 15 launch of the service, which covers the Detroit area.
Deutsche Telekom will continue to provide connected-car services for Daimler. Daimler contracts with Deutsche Telekom's T-Systems subsidiary to provide its more than 2 million vehicles with connected-car capabilities, including traffic updates and parking apps.
The deck at the East End Bridge, one of three tolled bridges that are part of the Ohio River Bridges project, is done, and the bridge should open by the end of the year. In addition to the span, 8.5 miles of road are under construction to connect the bridge with the interstate and a new tunnel.
Aria Systems has launched a connected-cars platform that allows companies to monetize internet of things applications and manage fleets. The service can track driver habits, provide telematics capabilities and handle other connected-car functions.
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