Daily News Briefs, June 20, 2022

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The Maine Turnpike's Important Role In The State's Economy

Sun Journal looks at the Maine Turnpike’s first 75 years through the lens of a special anniversary website created by the turnpike authority. The highway’s part in restoring economic vitality at a time when industries like textile and shoe production were entering their decline is a central theme of the commemorative site. According to Erin Courtney, the authority’s public outreach manager, “Many Maine brands are much older, but few have had the widespread impact that the Maine Turnpike has had on the state’s economic health, and in the many ways it has provided incremental changes in the quality of life enjoyed by the vast majority of Mainers.”

Maine Maine Turnpike Authority


Feds Issue Early Data On Self-Driving Vehicle Crashes

AASHTO Journal reports, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published the initial data on autonomous vehicle operations and crashes it collected pursuant to a 2021 standing general order. The release came in the form of two reports: “a nine-page summary on . . . SAE Level 2 advanced driver assistance systems” and an “eight-page summary on SAE Levels 3-5 automated driving systems.” In future, the agency intends to release monthly AV data updates.

A NHTSA news release contains some observations about the early data and the objectives of the data collection initiative.

Highway and Bridge Safety (Including COVID-19 Impacts) Self-Driving Vehicles Transportation and Infrastructure Research & Development US Department of Transportation (USDOT)


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