Democrats in the New Jersey House of Representatives propose to increase the state's 14.5 cents-per-gallon gas tax to fund investment in the state's transportation infrastructure. Republicans say they will support the measure only if the Democrats pass GOP cuts to estate and inheritance taxes. New Jersey's gas tax is currently the second-lowest in the nation.
Google has sent 14 of its driverless vehicles to Austin, Texas, for additional test drives on roads outside of California. "When we decided we wanted to expand our testing program to learn and gain more experience outside of California, Austin had lots of really attractive things going for it," a Google spokesman said.
The California High-Speed Rail Authority has decided to give five consortia an additional month to prepare their bids for Construction Package 4, a design-build contract for a 22-mile section of the high-speed rail network. The delay creates challenges, because $2.2 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus money must be used by Sept. 30, 2017, or be returned to the federal government.
Insurers are exploring telematics to enhance underwriting and product development, but experts say the industry can harness telematics to improve claims handling as well. A study in the UK examined how telematics can help determine whether drivers are more likely to have an at-fault claim.
Car-sharing revenue will grow by $5.4 billion over the next decade from $1.1 billion this year as programs become available in more cities around the world, with membership hitting 23.4 million in 2024, Navigant Research reports. "Car-share services fit squarely into the growing trend of on-demand mobility in urban markets," said analyst Lisa Jerram.
The Nice Ride bike-sharing program in Minnesota is asking the public to provide feedback on its service as it considers where to add stations over the next five years. The program nearly tripled in size this year, reaching 190 stations.
The Chinese government has plans to construct a 12,000 station charging network for electric vehicles in the next five years as part of its plan to increase adoption of electric vehicles. Plans include charging station spaces for residential complexes and charging facilities in at least 10% of parking spaces.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio reached an agreement on a five-year, multibillion-dollar capital plan for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the country's largest transit system, for repairs and upgrades. Cuomo pledged $8.3 billion in state funds and asked the city for $3.2 billion. However, de Blasio said the city will contribute only $2.5 billion, still significantly above its previous offer. The plan includes financing for the next phase of the Second Avenue subway expansion.
Auto manufacturers and lawmakers in the US need to collaborate to standardize testing and regulations of driverless vehicles before the country loses its advantage, says Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson. Some experts say the country is already moving quickly on legislation for autonomous vehicles, while others worry too much legislation could be harmful to the developing technology.
Self-awareness is necessary but not sufficient when it comes to leading -- you also need the ability to self-manage, writes John Baldoni. That means knowing what can cause you to lose control and having a plan for managing your responses. "Take a deep breath and keep on trying. The one you are managing most is you," he writes.
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