Intel has been working with Alphabet's Waymo to produce technology that can measure real-time information in autonomous cars. The agreement signals that Intel is further expanding its reach into autonomous-car technology after its $15 billion purchase of Mobileye in March, Alexandria Sage writes.
A groundbreaking was held for a $756 million tunnel project across the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia, and contractor Dragados/Schiavone will soon begin using a tunnel-boring machine to dig a second tube. The original 23-mile tolled tunnel-bridge opened 53 years ago and was called "one of the seven engineering wonders of the world."
Florida officials suspended tolls in the state two weeks ago as Hurricane Irma approached, and state officials are unsure when toll collections will resume. Gov. Rick Scott will make the decision, and the governor's office said the state is continuing to focus on recovery.
The Virginia Department of Transportation is testing new cameras on a toll collection gantry system on Interstate 66, and the system is expected to become active in December. Other toll collection systems in Virginia use infrared technology, but the new gantries use a "color camera system."
Construction has started on a $1 billion project to widen Interstate 75 in Michigan, and officials with the state Department of Transportation say the project could be completed in 2020, 10 years earlier than originally projected. The project is being built with private investment, and that has allowed the state to speed up the construction process.
Lyft and transportation experts have formed a partnership and reimagined Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles with trees, lanes for autonomous vehicles, areas in which to load ride-sharing passengers and protected bike lanes. The new design envisions a future in which fewer cars are on the road.
Voters in La Crosse County, Wis., approved a half-cent tourist sales tax to fund road construction in April, but the measure faces several obstacles before it can be implemented. Todd Berry, Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance president, says the county might have a better chance of implementing a vehicle registration tax to fund road projects, something that has been discussed in the past.
Estopinan Group President Art Estopinan writes in this commentary that private investment is the key for the US to improve its infrastructure and that any initiative undertaken by the federal government must be bipartisan. He recently visited China and writes that the US must work hard to keep up with the modern transportation advances in the Asian nation.
General Motors' Cruise Automation has plans to bring its internal ride-hailing service to the public for testing. No timetable was provided for the self-driving tests, which would continue to use people behind the wheel as needed.
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