Uber has added security experts to its Advanced Technologies Center "to continue building out a world-class safety and security program," a spokeswoman said. Charlie Miller, who worked at Twitter, and Chris Valasek, who worked at IOActive, are the two white-hat hackers who recently took control of a Jeep Cherokee in a hacking demonstration. They begin work at the Uber this week.
New track has been laid so freight trains can bypass work on the All Aboard Florida project, a high-speed rail line between Orlando and Miami. The bypass is finished, but its opening has been delayed because of Tropical Storm Erika.
CoModule has developed an e-bike that can be controlled via an Android smartphone application, or, with GPS, autonomously in a closed environment, the bike's developers say. The prototype was developed to showcase the practical applications of cloud technology for the e-bike market.
Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., has proposed a federal gas tax increase to raise funds for transportation projects but has found little support in Congress. "Politicians want to be popular with folks back home, and so they want to spend money on roads an infrastructure, because they know that it's important," he said. "They just don't want to pay for it. I can't abide by that."
Companies should work to increase their supply chain transparency before new labeling regulations are implemented for genetically modified organisms, MIT's Alexis Bateman writes. "[U]ncertainty over the trustworthiness of supply chains erodes consumer trust, a trend that should concern any enterprise," Bateman writes. "Companies should recognize that greater supply-chain transparency can allay consumer fears and capture commercial benefits."
The country's manufactured exports dropped 2% to $298 billion in the second quarter, compared with the same period in 2014, according to a MAPI Foundation report. "The U.S. $48 billion deficit increase in the first half of the year equates to a loss of 300,000 trade-related American manufacturing jobs and the deficit is on track for a loss of 500,000 or more jobs for the calendar year," report author Ernest Preeg said.
The mandated study requirements and labor agreements that come with federal transportation dollars needlessly inflate the cost of transportation infrastructure, negating much of the value of federal funding and making projects less efficient, writes Bob Williams, president of State Budget Solutions. He asserts that states should control transportation funding without federal involvement to more effectively address local needs.
Fourteen of the 19 collision-avoidance systems tested recently by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety earned the agency's best rating of "superior," while the other five were marked "advanced." The National Transportation Safety Board is pushing for mandatory installation of the technology in all new vehicles to reduce the number of accidents and limit the severity of those that occur.
Although China is not officially in a recession, analysts worry a slowdown could create a significant drop in global economic growth. In preparation, companies should increase the frequency of their sales and operations planning process so they can see demand changes sooner. Following the downturn, those companies will be better-positioned to buy distressed assets and boost their market share.
During a roundtable discussion, Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., said he is upset at his party for not supporting a long-term, $350 billion transportation bill that was passed in the Senate. He expects the bill will end up in conference with the House. Bobby Stem, Association of General Contractors of Oklahoma executive director, said a long-term bill is positive for jobs and creates long-term stability for the construction industry. "Band-Aids in Washington are Band-Aids to our companies," he said. "When there is a long-term fix, if I can see the future, I see commitment."
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