Ford Motor, which previously announced plans for hybrid versions of the Mustang and the F-150 pickup truck, unveiled plans for additional hybrid and electric trucks and SUVs. The new vehicles will include 4G LTE wireless communication and automatic emergency braking.
Bike-share company CycleHop has developed an app that outlines options for a local trip based on availability, price and time of bike-sharing, ride-sharing, car-sharing, public transportation, water taxi and scooter-sharing services. "We wanted to give away for our consumers the ability to scan nearby transit options around them, what it costs, and how much time it will take to get somewhere," said CycleHop CEO Josh Squire.
Thirty-six of the largest utility companies in the US have asked Congress to lift the cap on electric-vehicle tax credits. Utilities are attempting to tap into the increasing use of electric cars by building charging infrastructure and arranging rebates.
Toys "R" Us secured financing when it filed for bankruptcy in September, which reassured vendors who continued to ship merchandise to its stores. Suppliers are now owed about $450 million collectively and are concerned about payment now that the retailer plans to liquidate.
Companies such as DHL and Accenture are using blockchain technology in their supply chains and logistics to improve transparency. "We see especially exciting potential for blockchain in pharmaceuticals, which is why we focused our proof of concept with Accenture on the life sciences and health care industry," said Keith Turner, CIO Chief Development Office for DHL Supply Chain.
Deutsche Post's DHL is launching a delivery service for web retailers in eight US cities, competing directly with rivals FedEx and UPS. DHL's Parcel Metro service will use contract drivers to deliver packages in as little as two hours.
FedEx will spend more than $1 billion to modernize and expand its Tennessee hub with a new large sorting facility, new sorting systems and a bulk truck loading building. Work on the project is expected to begin in 2019 and be completed by 2025.
With almost 30% of the cost of goods delivery coming from last-mile delivery, logistics companies are looking for ways to save. Technology is helping with solutions such as smart lockers, sensors and data analytics.
White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short says President Donald Trump plans to travel the country to promote passage of infrastructure legislation, for which the administration has yet to propose funding models. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., said Trump needs to lead on the issue; Senate Democrats have prepared a separate plan.
Proposed congestion pricing in New York City could generate up to $1.1 billion annually, a traffic advisory panel forecasts. This article explains the basics of congestion pricing, which would use revenue from surcharges to address infrastructure issues.