A North Carolina Senate committee has advanced legislation that would establish insurance requirements and other regulations for ride-sharing companies and their drivers. The bill has moved to another Senate committee.
Cruise Automation has developed a system that will take over highway driving on nearly any car, and has received permits to operate two autonomous cars on California highways. The system is expected to cost around $10,000.
A proposal to extend $13.9 million for the Tri-Rail passenger service to downtown Miami was approved by the Miami-Dade County Commission. The extension would eliminate inconvenient transfers for passengers traveling to or from downtown from surrounding counties, and is expected to cost a total of $68.9 million.
Zero Motorcycles in California is working on connectivity for motorcycles that could reduce the number of bike crashes and instantly diagnose mechanical problems, while BMW and Honda are experimenting with vehicle-to-vehicle communications on their motorcycles. Helmet maker Skully is also integrating navigation features, a blind spot camera view and a heads-up display in its new smart helmet, further boosting motorcycle safety.
A number of companies in Southern California are seeking to revamp the so-called drayage trucking industry, which involves transporting goods short distances between ports, warehouses and rail yards. The companies are relying on full-time employees rather than independent contractors, and they think they can keep prices down through efficient operations.
Hyundai has added Apple Watch connectivity to its Blue Link system, allowing users to lock or unlock their car, flash lights, locate or start their vehicle remotely by speaking to their Apple Watch. The application is compatible with all of Hyundai's Blue Link-equipped vehicles.
Fashion retailer JustFab uses real-time data analysis to track customers and better predict ordering trends. Online customer activity allows it to score customers' probability of purchasing within the next month. JustFab factors the frequency of site visits, the number of items on customers' wish lists and household income, among other things.
It's no longer bricks-and-mortar versus e-commerce: omnichannel is the path to success. Chart-topping stalwarts in STORES Magazine's annual Top 100 Retailers report -- Wal-Mart, Kroger, Costco, The Home Depot, Target, Walgreen and CVS -- have maintained dominance through an ability to meet consumers' changing desires, including their appetites for online shopping and digital interaction.
The Texas Department of Transportation is planning new projects tallying almost $370 million that will repair and expand miles of highways and a number of bridges and ramps across the state. The work will be funded by Proposition 1, which diverts some oil and gas tax revenues to the State Highway Fund.
Jack Welch made succession planning his top priority -- nine years before he stepped down as CEO of General Electric -- but too many CEOs and corporate boards still fail to plan ahead, writes Patricia Lenkov. "It is not an isolated activity but rather should be part of the culture and an ongoing point of reflection and discussion," she writes.