BlackBerry has entered a deal that will bring its QNX operating system to Delphi's Centralized Sensing Localization and Planning platform for connected cars. The operating system's features, such as anomaly detection and file encryption, will be paired with Delphi's middleware and algorithms to bolster security.
Amazon, Target and Macy's have announced significant hiring plans ahead of the holiday season. UPS says it will hire 95,000 people to handle holiday-related shipping, while FedEx will hire an additional 50,000 workers for the holidays.
Alibaba and JD.com have committed almost $330 million to improve parcel-delivery efficiency as the e-commerce giants prep for the upcoming Singles' Day event. Alibaba's logistic arm, Cainiao Network, is establishing 40,000 residential pickup locations across the region while JD.com is providing subsidies to its merchants to offset higher warehousing and distribution costs.
Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf believes most future advancements will come from the automotive industry, and the company is looking to boost connectivity, electrification and computing for the industry. "The car is going through a massive wave of innovation," Mollenkopf noted.
Astronaut Randolph "Komrade" Bresnik is onboard the International Space Station, and he has taken pictures of Boldt Castle, which is owned by the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority. The bridge is located at the mouth of the St. Lawrence River, crossing from New York state to Canada, and Boldt employee Shane Sanford said getting the bridge photographed from space is "pretty special."
A consultant is recommending that North Carolina buy out I-77 Mobility Partners when it completes construction of toll lanes on Interstate 77, a move that would cost hundreds of millions of dollars. The state could decide to keep the toll lanes, make them free, or reduce the number of tolled lanes in the expanded section.
MEP Infrastructure has been awarded a contract to collect tolls from "specified commercial vehicles" entering Delhi. The contract runs for five years, and tolling operations will begin once formal paperwork is completed.
Floyd Lapp, a former New York City Planning transportation director, supports Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to implement congestion pricing in New York City, and he believes people in the Lower Hudson Valley should as well. Adding tolls to all New York City-area bridges and tunnels could lower tolls at some bridges used by Lower Hudson Valley residents, and the money will help improve transportation infrastructure and public transit in the region.
The federal government has issued an air quality permit for toll lanes on Interstate 66. The Virginia Department of Transportation is finalizing design plans for the lanes and will hold public hearings in November.
For all the talk about autonomous and electric vehicles, experts disagree on where the technology will be 10 years from now. Some believe autonomously operated ride share vehicles will reduce private vehicle ownership, but it may be a long time before the technology makes its way into the heartland of America.
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