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9/21/2017

The new $655 million highway from Gort to Tuam in Ireland is expected to open Wednesday, almost five months ahead of schedule.

9/21/2017

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is warning drivers that construction on the turnpike this weekend will create an 80-mile detour. The closure is needed to replace a bridge.

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9/21/2017

Transportation officials in California held a public meeting recently to discuss adding tolls to Highway 37 in Marin County. The revenue is needed to improve the road, which flooded last winter.

9/21/2017

The Illinois Toll Authority wants to expand Interstate 294, and designs are expected in late October or early November. The project is opposed by the Village of Hinsdale, and the village has now renewed a contract with a consultant that is helping oppose the expansion.

9/21/2017

SK Telecom is moving closer to producing a fully autonomous car following a successful test of a self-driving car on a Seoul highway. The car, with South Korean speed restrictions of about 50 mph, covered 16.1 miles at 29 mph from Seoul to Suwon.

9/21/2017

HERE Technologies and Hamburg have agreed to share data to improve traffic conditions and reduce pollution in the German city. HERE will also provide the city with HD Live Map, which is used in autonomous cars.

9/21/2017

Seattle's new stationless bike-share program moved into second place behind New York City, with an average of 2.2 rides per day compared to 0.7 times per day under the Washington city's previous docking system. The Seattle Department of Transportation reported that ridership has increased as the number of bikes swelled from 1,000 at the outset of the program in July to its current total of 4,000.

9/21/2017

China-based Mobike is the first to offer dockless bike-sharing in Washington, D.C., beginning this week. Several other companies have expressed interest in entering the Washington, D.C., market along with Mobike, which has more than 7 million dockless bikes in 180 cities and will place 200 in the nation's capital.

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9/21/2017

Fred Smith, CEO of FedEx, said e-commerce isn't going to eliminate physical stores and Amazon's Whole Foods purchase will not hurt couriers. Rajesh Subramaniam, FedEx's chief marketing and communications officer, said: "More and more retailers are evolving their business model to compete with pure-play e-tailers, and we see this as an opportunity to provide even better value for our customers -- whether it's fulfilling from store or a [distribution center]."

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9/21/2017

A consortium of companies called the Trusted IoT Alliance, which includes Cisco Systems, Robert Bosch GmbH and Gemalto NV, will encourage the development and adoption of blockchain software and internet of things networks with the industry. The group could improve information-sharing and boost data security.