Maryland motorists will not be charged for E-ZPass transponders, said the Maryland Transportation Authority and Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday; additionally, refunds will be issued to people who bought transponders this year. E-ZPass customers save at least 25% on tolls.
Researchers at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed an algorithm that improves the safety of autonomous vehicles when switching lanes. The project is receiving support from Toyota and the Office of Naval Research.
One of three bidders on the Virginia Department of Transportation's short list for the $3.6 billion expansion of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel, a joint venture between Skanska and Kiewit, has withdrawn. The companies said the move was a business decision.
An inauguration ceremony is planned for the Kundli-Ghaziabad-Palwal Expressway in India on Sunday. A government spokesman said the toll road was designed to relieve congestion and was completed in "a record time of two years."
Two city councils and the county commission in Grayson, Texas, have approved a thoroughfare plan developed by Huitt-Zollars. The plan incorporates proposed and alternate routing for the Grayson County Toll Road.
Improved technology and lower prices will make it easier for construction companies to implement intelligent work-zone systems that can improve workplace safety. Such systems use detection features to decide what drivers should be doing and alert drivers to certain conditions, preventing crashes in work zones.
HOV use has stayed "pretty steady" since HOV hours were expanded and tolls implemented for single riders on Interstate 66 within the Capital Beltway, said Virginia Deputy Transportation Secretary Nick Donohue. Virginia Transportation Secretary Shannon Valentine said last week that "dynamic tolling is working along the corridor."
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has collected roughly $170,000 in outstanding tolls since legislation went into effect in August that permits actions such as placing liens against vehicle registrations and imposing felony theft charges for failure to pay tolls. The law also allows the commission to pursue scofflaws from other states, but the lack of reciprocity arrangements is a barrier.
Apple and Volkswagen will partner to turn some of the German automaker's new T6 Transporter vans into autonomous shuttles for Apple employees. Apple reportedly signed the deal after failed attempts to partner with BMW and Mercedes-Benz to develop electric autonomous vehicles.
China will implement policies and incentives modeled on California's Zero Emission Vehicle program to promote electric-vehicle sales in the country, which could enable it to maintain its lead in the global electric-vehicle market. Automakers must generate credits by selling electric vehicles or by purchasing them from competitors that do under California regulations.
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