AASHTO Conference Will Press for Highway Funding

Ordinarily, a multiyear highway policy bill that aims to improve networks nationwide would include a realistic mechanism for which to fund existing surface projects and modernizing provisions.

Jalopnik: With Car-Top Billboard Acquisition, Lyft Is A Yellow Paintjob Away From Being A Full Taxi Company

It’s hard to make a profit in the ride-sharing business, which may be why Lyft has recently acquired a company that allows drivers to make money by putting digital billboards on the roof of their cars. The company’s name is Halo Cars, not to be confused with halo cars which are fancy expensive cars that auto companies sell to make their whole brand look better. Halo Cars the company uses rooftop LED billboards to deliver “hyper-targeted” ads to anyone who happens to be near a road and looking at eye-level. The company is basically Google Adsense for car roofs, taking a cut of advertisements that will soon cover our roads like pop-up ads that come out of your computer screen and follow you all the way to the airport.

Oregon sees rising car crash deaths despite a national decrease (Vision Zero Watch)

New numbers show the streets in Oregon are getting more dangerous. Preliminary data from the National Safety Council (NSC) shows an increase in car crash deaths between 2018 and 2019. According to the NCS, 489 people were killed in car crashes in 2019 in Oregon – a 4% increase from 2018.

War on Cars Watch: The incompatibility of Vision Zero and VMT growth (Vision Zero Watch)

One implication is that common practices, even those done in the name of safety, often make the situation worse.

Ford issues 3 recalls for F-150, F-Series pickup trucks

Ford announced Wednesday three separate recalls for the Ford F-150 and F-Series Super Duty line of pickup trucks. The first and largest of the recalls covers 166,196 newer model F-150s with LED headlights. The daytime running lights (DRL) on some 2018-2020 F-150s equipped with LED headlights can stay illuminated instead of dimming when the operator switches the headlights from automatic to the “on” position. The DRLs are supposed to dim, but in the affected vehicles they remain activated, which can impair the visibility of other drivers and increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will update the software for free.