Parking apps are experiencing a surge in popularity now that traffic is starting to return to cities. Apps such as SpotHero, SpotAngels and FlashParking alert drivers to available parking spaces on streets and in garages.
Self-driving Lyft cars are on track to hit the streets in Miami by the end of this year, the company announced. Ford Motor Co. is teaming with Argo AI and Lyft for the service, which will include a human backup driver behind the wheel of the Escape crossovers, as the ride-hailing company plans to scale up its autonomous offerings in other cities over the next five years.
Trains are good for trips roughly 310 miles but beyond that distance hyperloop technology may be ideal for travel up to about 621 miles, says Diana Zhou, senior director of global business development at Virgin Hyperloop. "It could be that missing link between rail and aviation," Zhou said at a UK conference, adding that hyperloop could work with the rail industry in a complementary way.
Tesla is preparing production lines in Nevada for the Tesla Semi, sources say, and the electric truck should be in production at a rate of five trucks per week by the end of 2021. Among the first deliveries scheduled include PepsiCo, which has ordered 15 Tesla Semis for a California facility.
General Motors is looking to pave the way for wider adoption of electric vehicles with charging as a service for fleets. Ultium Charge 360 will offer tools to help manage different types of fleets and facilities as well as more than 60,000 public charging places and support for charging at home.
Proterra Powered says it will supply battery technology to the chassis of ROUSH CleanTech's all-electric Ford F-650s, which will be delivered to Penske Truck Leasing in 2023. This is just one partnership Proterra has signed for "everything from charging and infrastructure to service and support for end-use customers," says executive Claire McConnell.
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.