Have it your way: Burger King delivers Whoppers via motorcycle to cars stuck in traffic

14 May
Burger King in-traffic delivery in MexicoBurger King is taking food delivery to congested roadways. The fast food restaurant chain announced it will begin delivering food via motorcycle to cars stuck in traffic starting this month in Mexico, The Washington Post reported last Thursday. The in-traffic delivery will launch in Mexico City, which the TomTom Global Traffic Index calls the...

NYC not happy with its first on-road facial recognition tech trial

10 Apr
New York City skyline (by Flickr user AngMoKio)New York City played host to the state's first attempt at using facial recognition camera trials on its bridges and tunnels, but the trial didn't go quite according to plan. In fact, it failed miserably. The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that it had obtained a Metropolitan Transportation Authority email that declared the technology didn't...

Uber spent $2M to champion NYC’s new congestion charge

4 Apr
Uber appRide-share giant Uber reportedly spent $2 million in an effort to keep cars out of New York City. The Financial Times (subscription required) reported Wednesday that Uber dug deeper into its pockets than anyone else to lobby New York lawmakers to support a new congestion charge set to fall into place over the next few years. Uber's efforts are an...

LA area floats possible congestion charge to reduce traffic in parts of city

3 Apr
Rush hour traffic in Washington, D.C. (photo by Flickr user haddensavix)One of the most congested metropolitan areas in the U.S. is considering charging drivers around $4 to enter one of its busiest neighborhoods. A group of governments in the Los Angeles area conducted a study about implementing a congestion charge for drivers in and around Santa Monica, The Los Angeles Times reported last week. The study looked at a...

Driving in New York may be (even more) expensive soon

31 Mar
New York City skylineDriving in the Big Apple could take a big bite out of wallets soon. On Monday, the state Legislature could be offered a budget proposal that would include congestion charges for driving in the most populous city in the U.S. The fees, which could cost between $12 and $14 for passenger vehicles and more than $20 for commercial trucks, would be...

California senator aims to remove speed limits to build America’s autobahn

22 Feb
California state capitol, SacramentoCalifornia could do away with speed limits in certain situations if a new bill introduced by an Orange County-area senator moves forward. State Sen. John M. W. Moorlach proposed Senate Bill 319 that would not only add two lanes to Interstate 5 and State Route 99, which connect the Los Angeles area to the Bay Area, but also would eliminate speed...

Study: Uber, Lyft have made traffic worse in San Francisco

8 Nov
Lyft car with trademark pink mustache (via Wikimedia) Ride-sharing services Lyft and Uber may appear to make travel more convenient in big cities, but San Francisco says they've actually made traffic worse. A study conducted by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority showed average speeds during morning hours decreased by 26 percent since 2009. In the evening, traffic speeds dropped 27...

Audi e-tron electric crossover SUV to feature built-in toll transponder

11 Sep
Audi e-tron Integrated Toll ModuleGoodbye E-ZPass. Adios TollTag. Sayonara FasTrak. Peace out, ExpressPass. Audi said Monday that it will install on its upcoming electric crossover SUV a rearview mirror with a built-in toll transponder capable of communicating with some toll roads in the U.S. The 2020 Audi e-tron crossover SUV will debut Sept. 17 in San Francisco, where toll roads...

Ford patents real-life, self-driving Robo-Cop car

31 Jan
2013 Ford Police Interceptor conceptSomeone at Ford must appreciate classic action movies. First, the company announced it was making a driverless pizza delivery car—on the 20th anniversary of SkyNet. Now, Ford has a patent for a real life Robo-Cop car. Rather than a mechanized Alex Murphy driving a Taurus, however, the Ford police car of the future will drive itself, and even...

NYC hopes congestion fee won’t get stuck in legislative gridlock

30 Jan
Hybrid New York Taxi by Flickr user Yodel AnecdotalNew York Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed a so-called congestion charge in an attempt to combat New York City—and specifically Manhattan—traffic jams. If implemented, drivers would face fees of $11.52 to enter the most traffic-prone areas of Manhattan, and trucks would see a daily fee of $25.34. The Manhattan charge, which would be...