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  •  Is your car spying on you? If it's a recent model, has a fancy infotainment system or is equipped with toll-booth transponders or other units you brought into the car that can monitor your driving, your driving habits or destination could be open to the scrutiny of others. If your car is electric, it's almost surely capable of ratting you out. You may have given your permission, or you may be the last to know.

    USA Today
  • Equipped with artificial intelligence, Professor Baher Abdulhai’s traffic lights know how to learn. A project by the University of Toronto professor of civil engineering marries cameras with computers to create traffic lights that can measure vehicle flow, understand what it means, and adapt signal patterns to reduce gridlock. “We want the traffic light to learn from experience,” explained Prof. Abdulhai, who is principal investigator on the University of Toronto project, dubbed MARLIN, and an expert in intelligent transportation systems (ITS).

    Globe and Mail
  • ...“When there’s excess road space that cars don’t need, it’s given over to bikes, peds, and transit,” said Livable City Executive Director Tom Radulovich, “but where there’s a real shortage of road space, in the most congested parts of the city, the car is still the priority.”

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    ... Though trucks make up only five percent of Greater London's vehicles, they are responsible for 50 percent of the city's cyclist fatalities. The London Cycling Campaign-designed truck has a lower cab and larger windows in front and to the sides, to help drivers have a better view of their immediate surroundings. It also has lower bumper clearance, so that in the event of a collision, a cyclist is more likely to be pushed forward than thrown beneath the wheels.

    Atlantic Cities
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     Today intercity passenger service is handled by Amtrak, and while ridership has been growing for years, Amtrak loses money largely because it has a mandate to run unprofitable lines in remote areas. As a result, fiscal conservatives have recently called for Amtrak to privatize some of its services. So all eyes turned to Florida last spring when a private company called Florida East Coast Industries announced it would make a go at passenger rail travel.

    Atlantic Cities
  •  China imposed long-debated stringent fuel economy standards on Wednesday, making life tougher for cash-strapped small domestic brands that are already struggling amid a slowdown of the world's biggest auto market.

  • ...The clean technology business is at a crossroads. Never have so many green products been as close to ready for prime time as they are now, technically finished and increasingly cost-competitive. As this USA TODAY series will explain, green innovation is changing everything from vacations to war-making.

    USA Today
  • Boeing plans a test flight shortly for one of its 787 Dreamliners built for LOT Polish Airlines to check whether its redesigned lithium-ion batteries work.

    USA Today
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    Kilgarvan is little more than a blink-and-you-miss-it blip on the busy road between the tourist towns of Killarney and Kenmare: a single street, a straggle of houses, a shop, two bars, a church and a graveyard. But it became the center of an international media frenzy this winter when the local council voted to legalize drunken driving. That was the way it was portrayed, at least. 

    New York Times
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    To hear Jackie Dean tell it, it all started more than 18 years ago with her cousin Peaches’s beat-up Lincoln, a tip from her friend Gayle and possible betrayal by her own mother. But, really, it may have actually started back in the second grade, in Mr. John’s class, when Jackie and her classmates read the most books in their school in Oakland and won a choice of a field trip.

    New York Times