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11/20/2017

Amazon last month made its first attempt at automating some of the truck delivery process by launching Relay, an app that lets truck drivers get in and out of the company's warehouses faster. It's the first connection between the e-commerce giant and millions of truck drivers.

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11/20/2017

Toyota has announced it will produce electric vehicles in China and India beginning in 2020. China recently introduced an emissions-control policy for vehicles starting in 2019, and India said it will sell only electric vehicles by 2030.

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11/20/2017

Construction of Interstate 73 in South Carolina could cost $2.5 billion, but no funding has been allocated for the project, which is expected to create 30,000 jobs. Tolling has been discussed as one way to fund the effort.

11/20/2017

Transurban completed construction of express lanes on Interstate 495 in Virginia, and it estimates that drivers have saved 5 million hours in commute time. In total, 3.5 million customers have made 67 million trips in the toll lanes, and the company has seen a significant increase in the number of carpool vehicles using the lanes.

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11/20/2017

Pilar Rodriguez, executive director of the Hidalgo County Regional Mobility Authority in Texas, says the $247 million State Highway 365 project from Mission to Pharr will be a toll road despite the state's move away from tolling. The project was already in the planning stages before the Legislature adopted rules limiting tolling.

11/20/2017

Tolled express lanes are planned for Interstate 395 between Delray Beach and Miami in Florida, and construction could be complete by 2024. Other work to be done includes adding two flyover bridges to Interstate 95 and adding traffic signals to I-95 entrance ramps.

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11/20/2017

An autonomous vehicles and smart roads testing facility in Virginia will be expanded and will soon be able to provide testing of urban, residential and rural environments. The facility is a partnership between the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and the state's Department of Transportation.

11/20/2017

Grand Parkway Infrastructure will be the design-build contractor for the State Highway 99 loop road around Houston. Construction on the 50-mile tollway could start in 2018 and finish in 2022.

11/20/2017

The Texas Department of Transportation has plans to add toll lanes to 15 roads in the state, but that idea is getting pushback from the state's governor. Gov. Greg Abbott says enough resources might be available that tolls won't be needed.

11/20/2017

Artificial intelligence is not advanced enough to allow for fully autonomous vehicles to reach the market, but it is being used for features such as cameras that can track drivers' eye positions, experts say. The US and China are at the forefront of efforts to develop autonomous-vehicle technology.

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