Refraction AI has developed a low-speed robotic vehicle designed to travel in bike lanes as well as roadways in making "last mile" deliveries. "We have created the Goldilocks of autonomous vehicles in terms of size and shape," says co-founder and CEO Matthew Johnson-Roberson.
Wiebe Wakker, a Dutch sustainability advocate, has completed the longest electric vehicle journey on record, a three-year odyssey that took him 62,000 miles through more than 30 countries. He passed through Eastern Europe, Iran and southern Asia before traveling across Australia and winding up in New Zealand.
As electric trucks make inroads in the transportation industry, technicians and tools will have to evolve, adapting to diagnose the new powertrains and work with products from new manufacturers. The industry transformation "will be painful in the short term, but pay off with operational and maintenance benefits in the long term," writes Phil Romba.
Albertsons began testing a delivery subscription service in March across several of its markets. About 12 stores now offer the service, and the company plans to bring it to more locations after positive results in both Phoenix and Southern California.
Deutsche Post DHL Group CEO Frank Appel recently told a German newspaper that the company will start informing consumers of precise delivery times via email ahead of delivery and follow up initial communications with a second notice 15 minutes prior to package arrival, based on data gleaned from delivery van GPS tracking. DHL has been testing the service and plans to roll it out by 2020.
The most effective leaders use their strengths to create a vision, model successful behavior, challenge others to act and seek new ways to accomplish goals, writes Dan Rockwell. Every leader should acknowledge their weaknesses and work to shore them up, he writes.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has started searching for consultants to help with planning and pre-construction work for a new Mississippi River bridge, which will cost about $1 billion and will likely include tolls.
The Pensacola Beach toll system is reverting to two SunPass transponder lanes and two cash toll lanes, with plans to suspend tolls when traffic becomes congested and hazardous to public safety. Escambia County, Fla., commissioners voted to investigate long-term solutions to improve traffic on the bridge.
The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization approved a plan that would allow drivers to drive on the shoulders of Interstate 77 between Exit 19 in Charlotte and Exit 35 in Mooresville when there is congestion, creating an extra non-tolled lane. Cintra, the company building tolled lanes on the affected stretch of road, objected to the plan: "The NCDOT proposal tries to address issues that the express lanes are already visibly improving," said I-77 Express spokesperson Jean Leier.
Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau said she is considering introducing a congestion charge to help reduce traffic and air pollution in the city. A toll road "is one of the measures which we have on the table," she said.