New cashless tolling system on New York Thruway unfair to low-income residents, lawmaker says

New York state Sen. Jim Tedisco, R-Glenville, plans to introduce new legislation that would protect low-income residents from a 30% toll increase set to take effect with the new cashless toll system on the New York State Thruway…

Ticket Quota Sparks Lawsuit From New Jersey Cops

Officials in Morristown, New Jersey, have been pressuring police officers to issue parking and traffic tickets to make up for revenue losses during the virus scare. That was the claim made in a new lawsuit filed in state court by the Policemen’s Benevolent Association Local Number 43. “The members of PBA 43, the Morristown police officers, have been directed to engage in an illegal ticket quota system used to fund the operations of Morristown Township at the expense of citizens and motorists traveling through Morristown Township,” attorney Charles J. Sciarra wrote. “In this trying time of a pandemic the defendant is seeking to punish the residents of Morristown to balance their budget.” The suit accuses town administrator Jillian Barrick of urging the department to fill in for revenue gaps with increased ticketing. The department’s top brass quickly followed that order.

New machine learning tool tracks urban traffic congestion

A new machine learning algorithm is poised to help urban transportation analysts relieve bottlenecks and chokepoints that routinely snarl city traffic. The tool, called TranSEC, was developed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to help urban traffic engineers get access to actionable information about traffic patterns in their cities.

Uber reportedly will sell its flying taxi business to secretive startup Joby Aviation

The company is also said to be exploring the sale of its autonomous vehicle division.

Waymo is building a new replica city in Ohio to test its driverless tech

Both of those concepts will now have a new place for research, development, and testing. First up, Waymo is working with the Transportation Research Center (TRC) in East Liberty, Ohio, to open a brand new testing environment for the Waymo Driver. It’ll be built according to Waymo’s specific requirements for its autonomous vehicles, and allow for testing rare or more dangerous events that are uncommonly seen on public roads.