Richard Murdocco of Stony Brook University writes that congestion pricing in New York City can be designed to benefit people in all five boroughs of the city, as well as its suburbs. Murdocco writes that a "healthy mix of smart policymaking and sound planning" is necessary to an effective plan.
A battery for electric vehicles made from lithium and sulfur could improve energy density five times and charging rate up to 10 times over conventional lithium-ion batteries. The Argonne National Laboratory's Joint Center for Energy Storage Research has said lithium-sulfur batteries are the most likely successor to lithium-ion batteries.
Norway's growth in electric vehicle use in recent years had not resulted in lower oil consumption, writes Robert Rapier, citing Norway's population growth and the continued use of gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles to account for the disparity. But data for 2017 show Norway's fuel consumption may now be on the decline, Rapier writes.
California's Port of Long Beach -- the second-largest in the US -- saw volume growth of more than 17% during the first four months of the year, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey reported volume is up 11.6%. A strong economy in imports and exports, low unemployment and high consumer confidence are supporting the growth.
Amazon's liberal returns policy has been a draw for online shoppers, but moves by the company to shut down serial returners could also be a good thing for consumers, Shep Hyken writes. About 11% of returned sales are fraudulent, according to NRF data, and policy changes like those at Amazon and L.L. Bean can curb costs that would be passed on to consumers.
Researchers at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed an algorithm that improves the safety of autonomous vehicles when switching lanes. The project is receiving support from Toyota and the Office of Naval Research.
Maryland motorists will not be charged for E-ZPass transponders, said the Maryland Transportation Authority and Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday; additionally, refunds will be issued to people who bought transponders this year. E-ZPass customers save at least 25% on tolls.
Amazon has rolled out its Map Tracking package locator feature nationally for all orders, after launching a limited version last year. The feature lets Amazon customers access details on how many stops the driver will make before delivery and includes a map that tracks the truck.
Improved technology and lower prices will make it easier for construction companies to implement intelligent work-zone systems that can improve workplace safety. Such systems use detection features to decide what drivers should be doing and alert drivers to certain conditions, preventing crashes in work zones.
One of three bidders on the Virginia Department of Transportation's short list for the $3.6 billion expansion of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel, a joint venture between Skanska and Kiewit, has withdrawn. The companies said the move was a business decision.