“Dashcam videos could be cheap way to map roads for robot cars”

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San Francisco Chronicle, July 19, 2017

Creating high-resolution, detailed maps of millions of miles of roads is no small feat. Generally companies drive around cars equipped with lidar, a laser form of radar, to capture 3-D images of streets and environs. That’s an expensive and time-consuming task. Now a small San Francisco startup says it has a cheaper, quicker way to do it: computer-vision software that can generate highly accurate maps from crowdsourced dashcam video.

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“New Garden State Parkway Ramp in Sayreville Opens Sunday”

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My Central Jersey (USA Today), July 7, 2017

The new E-ZPass-only exit connecting the southbound Garden State Parkway to Chevalier Avenue and Main Street Extension opened to traffic by 6 a.m. Sunday, July 9. Only drivers with a valid E-ZPass will be able to use the new Interchange 125 exit ramp, located just before the Raritan South toll plaza.

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“First Span of New Goethals Bridge Will Open to Traffic This Weekend”

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Staten Island Advance, June 8, 2017

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced Thursday that what will eventually be the Staten Island-bound bridge will be open to Staten Island-bound traffic late afternoon on Saturday, and New Jersey-bound traffic late afternoon on Sunday.

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“Trump Wants Toll Limits Lifted, Infrastructure Bond Caps Eased”

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Bloomberg News, May 23, 2017

President Donald Trump proposed relaxing restrictions on tolling interstate highways and lifting a $15 billion cap on tax-exempt bonds for private investors among other broad principles for his $1 trillion infrastructure plan Tuesday.

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“NYC officials urge state pols to allow one construction firm to repair Brooklyn-Queens Expressway”

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New York Daily News, June 2, 2017

City and state officials Friday stood near the BQE’s ragged 70-year-old triple cantilever in Brooklyn Heights to pressure lawmakers to allow the city to repair the aging highway under a strategy known as “design-build.” By allowing one firm to handle design and construction work on the 1.5-mile stretch of the BQE, the city estimated that it could save $300 million on the $1.9 billion budget and shave two years off its timeline.

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“Rare bees are delaying a highway construction project”

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A highway in suburban Chicago has become the second Midwest road construction project delayed temporarily because of concerns about possible harm to a bumblebee recently listed as an endangered species. [New York Post, April 20, 2017]

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“Tappan Zee Bridge: Final gap closed in first span”

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The new Tappan Zee Bridge’s westbound span is finally one unbroken structure across the Hudson River. The milestone brings the westbound span one step closer to completion, which officials say will happen some time this year. [The Journal News, March 30, 2017]

Read the full article here: http://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/tappan-zee-bridge/2017/03/30/tappan-zee-bridge-gap-closed/99832182/