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  • State road safety officials are warning drivers to be on the lookout for children on bikes with the start of the new school year. The California Highway Patrol also points out that the new state law requiring drivers to give cyclists 3 feet of space when passing goes into effect Sept. 16.

    Sacramento Bee
  • Central Valley farmers trying to halt construction of California's bullet train have asked the state's highest court to review the project, setting up another possible legal showdown over the controversial San Francisco-to-Los-Angeles rail line.

    Mercury News
  • ...Yes, the driverless car has the potential to prevent an astounding loss of life, given more than 1.24 million people across the world die in road traffic accidents every year, according to the World Health Organization. But there’s still a long list of obstacles the cars can’t handle — a list so long that their range is limited to less than 1% of U.S. roads, according to a progress report released Thursday. The car can only follow routes that have been extensively mapped. Data collected by special sensor vehicles must be analyzed, and the whole process requires a lot of effort.

  • Toyota Motor Corp., which helped popularize hybrid vehicles with its Prius, is set to introduce a hydrogen-cell car for the masses — something which Toyota Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada said could “change society,” according to a recent Nikkei Asian Review report...What makes the new Toyota hydrogen car different is the price. While the Nikkei says Hyundai’s hydrogen Tucson goes for about $145,000, Toyota has said its FCV will cost just 7 million yen, or a little over $67,000.

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    As a reminder, this is No. 10 in a series on the proposed north-south California High-Speed Rail system, which deserves national attention as the highest-stakes infrastructure project underway anywhere in America now. (Although someone from Philadelphia just wrote to say: Uncle! What we really need is HSR from the East Coast through to the Midwest. I know what he's talking about, but I'll leave that to someone else.) For previous installments see No. 1No. 2No. 3No. 4No. 5No. 6No. 7No. 8, and No. 9. 

    The Atlantic
  • Uber bills itself as a leader in tech innovation, but when it came to fighting mandated insurance for its drivers, the ride-share giant turned to good old-fashioned hardball politics. The target: state Assemblywoman Susan BonillaD-Concord, author of an insurance-company-backed bill to require more comprehensive - and more expensive - liability insurance for ride-share drivers.

    SF Chronicle
  • By 2019 Caltrain officials expect to have completed a radical change: swapping out diesel-powered trains for more efficient electric ones...But between now and then Caltrain has a pressing problem: Keeping up with growing demand. Already many trains during morning and evening commutes are packed beyond their 600-seat capacity, forcing some riders to stand.

    San Francisco Business Times
  • Uber Technologies says that a staggering 100,000 people in the Bay Area volunteered to test its new low cost UberPool transportation service. This new offering will launch to the public in the region this afternoon enabling riders to pay lower fares by agreeing to share UberX vehicles with travelers headed in the same direction.

    San Francisco Business Times
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    Volvo’s finally and officially unveiled the 2015 XC90, the latest iteration of its flagship SUV...this is the car with which Volvo redoubles its focus on safety, and makes clear it is serious about eliminating crash-related deaths in its cars by 2020. In doing so, it has revealed an unspoken truth about the future of the automobile: If we want safer cars—cars in which driver distraction is never an issue, where risks are analyzed minimized instantaneously—the smart move is giving up the wheel.

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    Google X, the tech giant’s “moonshot” lab, has spent the last two years building an aerial drone that can deliver goods across the country. The company calls the effort Project Wing...“Self-flying vehicles could open up entirely new approaches to moving things around—including options that are faster, cheaper, less wasteful, and more environmentally sensitive than the way we do things today,” a Google spokesperson said in an email to WIRED.