The decision by Congress to pass another short-term extension for federal transportation funding was disappointing to some lawmakers. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., called it "too short, too small, and too full of policies that need more thought," while Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., called for "long-term, robust funding to ensure our transportation system is safe and reliable."
Volkswagen announced that most vehicles in its 2016 lineup will offer connectivity for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems, as well as crash avoidance and other driver assistance systems. Until now, such tech features had been available only in its premium Touareg SUV.
Changan, a state-owned Chinese car manufacturer, is putting vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications to the test in hopes of reducing traffic accidents and congestion. Changan representatives say they hope to launch V2V technology for cars in some form by 2018.
The U.K.'s new anti-slavery rule will require 12,000 companies with global revenue over $56 million to provide annual disclosures on their efforts to end slavery and human trafficking in their supply chains. Many companies already have policies in place, but others lack focus in this area.
Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Parsons Brinckerhoff and several partners have won a $140 million contract from Denver officials to design and build a 2.3-mile extension to the city's light-rail line. Design work will begin this fall, and construction should start in 2016 and take three years to complete.
The team at Volpe, the National Transportation Systems Center, is working to provide solutions for a range of transportation issues facing the U.S., Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx writes. Volpe is collaborating with DOT organizations on crash avoidance system research and developing "smart cities" with more efficient transportation solutions, he notes.
The House voted 385-34 on Wednesday to approve $8 billion for transportation funding through Oct. 29, and then began its summer recess. The Senate is expected to adopt the measure today, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., plans to keep the Senate in session next week to finalize a six-year transportation measure. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, expressed his support for the adoption of a long-term bill after the break.
City planning needs to improve to make traffic flow more efficient, even though many are touting the rise of self-driving cars as the answer to traffic congestion, Chris Plano writes. He notes that driverless cars will take up as much road space as today's vehicles, and suggests that creating more walkable or transit-oriented spaces is the real solution to reducing traffic jams.
EV charging company eMotorWerks is teaming up with operational intelligence firm OSIsoft to weigh demand for EV charging with grid capacity. The two companies will combine data on EV charging station use with information from utilities and operators to balance demand and supply, and provide EV users with easy access to the status of eMotorWerks charging stations.
By November, there will be finalized regulations on how much noise "quiet cars," such as hybrids and electric vehicles, are required to make to alert pedestrians of their presence, the Obama administration said. Automakers argue that proposed requirements call for cars to be so loud, even some sports cars would not pass regulations if required to.