The study, from the American Transportation Research Institute, looks at the 100 worst truck bottlenecks across the country. A trio of Denver routes land among the top seventy — an appropriate number, given that two of the three involve Interstate 70, including the ongoing Central 70 undertaking, which won’t be completed for at least two more years, and the Mousetrap, where I-70 and Interstate 25 connect. The other spot cited is the intersection of I-25 and Interstate 76.
It seems like self-driving cars have been five years away for at least 15 years. But now, major players in the industry—like Google spinoff Waymo, GM self-driving unit Cruise, and upstart Zoox—are promising that fleets of fully autonomous taxis are just about to roll out. “It’s a scam,” says George Hotz, the 30-year-old hacker-slash-entrepreneur best known as the first person to jailbreak the original iPhone when he was 17. “No one’s close.” Hotz points out that every system on the road today requires the driver to pay attention at all times and be ready to take over. He says that companies touting fully self-driving cars without human safety monitors—and sometimes without steering wheels or pedals—are offering nothing more than a “press demo.”
Many drivers have no idea which safety systems their cars have, or what they can do, thanks to a confusing muddle of names automakers use. Buyers want to be safe, frequently paying thousands of dollars for optional advanced driver assistance systems, or ADAS, but the lack of standard names makes it hard to compare one vehicle to another.
New numbers the Trouble Shooters obtained from the city of San Antonio show at this point in the year, traffic deaths are down. But the numbers also show an alarming trend: the deaths of people not wearing seat belts have spiked.
A bipartisan group of Illinois lawmakers has gotten behind a proposal to repeal the state’s new car trade-in tax and replace it with a different fee structure. As of Jan. 1, Illinois’ sales tax applies to any trade-in vehicle worth more than $10,000. That means trading in a $30,000 car for one worth $60,000 will cost the customer an extra $1,200 in additional sales taxes. It’s estimated to bring the state $60 million annually, affecting what state officials insisted was a small portion of Illinois residents.