April 14, 2021
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Trottenberg confirmed as DOT deputy
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Polly Trottenberg, former New York City transportation commissioner, has been confirmed by the US Senate to serve as deputy transportation secretary. She will serve under Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and help implement the Biden administration's ambitious $2.25 trillion infrastructure plan.
Full Story: Transport Topics (4/13) 
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Rails, Roads & Vehicles
Nvidia has developed a processor, Nvidia Drive Atlan, that uses artificial intelligence to achieve 1,000 trillion operations per second. The processor will start to be used in autonomous vehicles in 2025.
Full Story: Electronics360 (4/13) 
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Travel Tech
Travelers in Michigan can access a new online dashboard that provides monthly progress reports on road projects. The interactive map charts the location and scope of each project, as well as the number of jobs provided and the hours of work spent.
Full Story: AASHTO Journal (4/9) 
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Going Green
Goodyear finds soybean oil is better as well as sustainable
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The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company plans to replace petroleum oils in all its products with soybean oil by 2040. Soybean oil mixes more easily with rubber and its glass transition temperature is significantly lower, making it more flexible in freezing temperatures, said Bob Woloszynek, chief engineer at Goodyear.
Full Story: Delta Farm Press (4/13) 
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Policy
President Joe Biden is reportedly willing to support an increase in the federal gas tax and the introduction of a user fee for electric vehicles. That's according to a tweet from an ABC News reporter that cites a comment by Rep. Donald Payne, D-N.J., after a meeting with Biden.
Full Story: Reuters (4/12) 
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The Transportation Department has made $1 billion available through the rebranded Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity discretionary grant program. No state can receive more than 10% of the funds, which are disbursed among projects committed to safety, competitiveness, racial equity, climate mitigation and job creation.
Full Story: Transport Topics (4/13) 
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ITS America News
The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), in partnership with Reed Exhibitions, has announced that its 2021 Annual Meeting will be held Dec. 7 through 10 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C. The event, which brings together intelligent transportation community stakeholders from across the country, was previously scheduled for May 2021 in Atlanta. Given the current pandemic, the decision was made to move to later in the year to best enable success with the in-person event. Find out more.
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