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3/24/2017

A Pennsylvania lawmaker has introduced a bill that would provide a tax credit of 50% for tolls paid on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The credit would be up to $500 and would apply to Pennsylvania residents and business owners.

3/24/2017

A bill before the Maine Legislature would mandate that the Maine Turnpike Authority find a way to improve traffic between Gorham and the Maine Mall Road. The authority would then either widen a connector road or build a new one, but Peter Mills, the authority's director, says a new road is the better option, as it would have less adverse effects on the community.

3/24/2017

Verizon is adding Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities to its Hum connected-car device, making it more competitive with similar offerings on the market. The premium HumX package costs $15 per month, plus $99 for the hardware, which includes the basic Hum features of maintenance and other alerts.

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Fortune
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3/24/2017

Chinese auto manufacturer Geely will build electric London taxis in the first all-electric-car factory in England. Geely owns London Taxi and is investing $374 million in the solar-powered plant, which is expected to produce 20,000 zero-emission taxis a year as part of an effort to address London's air pollution problems.

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Bloomberg
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3/24/2017

Lawmakers in Pennsylvania are considering a bill to allow testing of self-driving cars that establishes policies as opposed to firm laws to maintain a flexible approach to a rapidly evolving industry. "The goal of policymakers should be to help automakers bring this technology to market as quickly as possible," said Wayne Weikel of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.

3/23/2017

Toyota is building on the company's evolving relationship with Microsoft with a nonexclusive licensing deal that allows the automaker to use the software giant's patented connected-car technology. "Through this patent partnership between Toyota and Microsoft, we will be able to innovate faster to deliver new, contextual and immersive experiences to our customers," said Tokuhisa Nomura of Toyota.

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3/23/2017

DHL, the package delivery service of Deutsche Post, will begin delivery of AmazonFresh, Amazon's fresh-food delivery service. With a high density of food stores, Germany's grocery e-commerce remains slow, even as the country remains Amazon's second-largest market.

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3/23/2017

BMW expects to show revenue and profit gains this year while setting a goal to sell 100,000 electric cars, a solid jump from the 62,000 EVs the company sold last year. Although EVs account for less than 1% of global vehicle sales, BMW believes that will jump to 15% to 25% of overall car sales by 2025.

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3/23/2017

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation plans to award a contract to design, build, operate and maintain a toll system for trucks in the state in May, and six companies have submitted proposals. Construction should begin by the fall, and the project will include the installation of 14 gantries across the state.

3/23/2017

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has discontinued planning work on the final section of the Mon-Fayette Expressway in Allegheny County after the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission decided to postpone until May a decision on whether to support the $2 billion project.