CVS, Nuro to test driverless prescription delivery | Miami-Dade may get $100M for bus rapid transit plans | Intel unit demonstrates how cameras safeguard its AV during drive
May 29, 2020
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CVS Pharmacy, in partnership with autonomous tech company Nuro, will launch a test of self-driving vehicles to deliver prescriptions in Houston next month. Customers who order online or via the CVS app will get free delivery and will be required to verify their identification to unlock the vehicle and retrieve their prescriptions.
Full Story: CNBC (5/28) 
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Rails, Roads & Vehicles
Miami-Dade County may be getting $100 million in matching federal funds for its planned, first-in-the-county bus rapid transit system, which would run along the existing busway and consist of covered, cooled stations where riders could buy tickets in advance and board in groups. The buses would run on express routes, override red lights and cost much less than rail service while replicating its benefits, and the news of the matching funds was tweeted by local politicians and the president.
Full Story: Miami Herald (tiered subscription model) (5/28) 
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Travel Tech
A light-rail extension is proposed to link California's Rancho Cucamonga with Ontario International Airport, but Elon Musk's Boring Co. has a different idea. Boring's proposal calls for a tunnel that would transport passengers in Tesla electric vehicles over 2.8 miles.
Full Story: The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.) (tiered subscription model) (5/27) 
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Google Maps marks a user's location with a blue dot, and tapping that dot allows the user to copy a Plus Code -- a shareable shortcode. The option is useful particularly in homes in Asian countries without clearly defined addresses, and the code "includes a six or seven-character alphanumeric string followed by the area or city's name," Karandeep Singh explains.
Full Story: Android Police (5/28) 
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Like the transition from hand-drafting to CAD, switching to 3D BIM deliverables for transportation projects adds value. Improved constructability, better interdisciplinary coordination and enhanced visualization are benefits, but there are also challenges. As agencies enter this new era, there are 6 key factors to consider. Learn where to start.
Top 5 Technology Trends in U.S. Transportation
How we move from point A to B continues to evolve. This article considers electric vehicles, the DSRC/cellular debate, automated vehicles, personal mobility and the transformation of tolling amidst the global pandemic disruption. Adapting to the accelerated change with limited resources is key.
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Going Green
Volkswagen will invest $1.1 billion in JAC Motors' parent company and $1.2 billion in Guoxuan High-tech Co. as large car companies expand into the Chinese vehicle market. VW's joint venture with JAC will launch an electric vehicle based on the MEB platform in 2023, and five others by 2025.
Full Story: Reuters (5/29) 
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is looking to reboot the economy in the New York City region by accelerating work on billions of dollars' worth of infrastructure projects. The governor's announcement, which was sparse on specifics, came after a meeting with President Donald Trump during which Cuomo argued for more federal funding and expedited environmental clearances for major regional transportation projects.
Full Story: Engineering News-Record (tiered subscription model) (5/27) 
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Practice what you know, and it will help to make clear what now you do not know.
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