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  • In a marked shift of protocol, the New York Police Department has begun conducting robust investigations of traffic crashes that result in critical injuries but not certain or likely death. In the past, investigators from a specialized unit, the Accident Investigation Squad, were sent only when at least one victim had died or was deemed by first responders to be “likely to die.”

    New York Times
  • For drivers who regularly face the challenges of parking in Manhattan, the age of technology has provided precious few options...Pango officially went into use this week at the Imperial garage on 77th Street near Lexington Avenue. The New York location, along with Phoenix, where the service was introduced earlier this month, represents the debut of Pango in the United States...

    New York Times
  • Republican eminence grise George Shultz addressed a packed room on Capitol Hill Friday to press for a carbon tax. He spent three days in Washington with scientists from MIT and Stanford to talk about advances in alternative fuels, including a potential “game changing” breakthrough under way at Stanford that could quadruple the driving range of lithium ion batteries, putting electric cars on a par with internal combustion engines.

    SF Chronicle
  • The House of Representatives voted to subtract $785 million from the transportation budget this week, trimming dollars from transit, New Starts and highway safety programs as part of a “continuing resolution” measure that will set spending levels through 2013.

  • The City Council this week approved a 30-year operational plan for the proposed Downtown streetcar, identifying and committing up to $294 million that would fund maintenance and operations of the project.

    Los Angeles Downtown News
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    ..."It's absolutely the case that after the first accident involving an automated vehicle, there will be an automated ambulance chaser following," says Robert Hartwig, president of the Insurance Information Institute.

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    ...The new details about the fire aboard the technologically advanced aircraft were in a 48-page preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board board that provided the most comprehensive picture so far of the battery fire in the 787 that was parked at the airport and burst into flame on Jan. 7.

    New York Times
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     ...Volkswagen rolled into Geneva with the production version of the XL1 after more than a decade in development...The XL1 takes the traditional elements of speed – exotic materials, a hyper-efficient drivetrain and a wind-tunnel-honed body – to deliver the most aerodynamic, fuel-efficient vehicle in the world. And just like other supercars, it’s a rolling compromise, with barely enough space to seat two and a 12.7-second 0-to-60 mph time that makes a Prius seem like a Porsche.

  • In less than three weeks, the practice of stopping to hand over your cash to some of the few remaining Golden Gate Bridge toll collectors will end. On March 27, the bridge will become the first in the state and one of the first in the nation to collect all tolls electronically.

    SF Chronicle
  • The latest California Statewide Local Streets and Roads Needs Assessment by the League of California Cities shows that our roads are in "rapid decline" and that our budget to fix them is perhaps even worse. The assessment says that unless we come up with the cash to fix our streets ...one out of four of the roads across California will be in "failed" condition within 10 years.

    LA Weekly