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Coronavirus Updates: Every Hour, 65 Americans Are Dying; AstraZeneca Plans Additional Trial after Error; Hospitalizations Hit Record, Again

SOURCE: USA Today
DATE: November 27, 2020

McLean, Virginia If COVID-19 continues to surge as it has been during the Thanksgiving season, the remainder of the holidays may be just as grim--if not more so. At least, that's what the United States' leading infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci told USA TODAY last week in an interview in which he cautioned that Americans should "show our love and affection for people by keeping them safe."

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Taxi Driver Helps Hungry New Yorkers – and Himself – During Pandemic

SOURCE: NY1
DATE: November 17, 2020

New York, New York Pedro Cruz is heading to Brooklyn for a shift behind the wheel of his green taxi. But this day, as he does twice a week, Cruz is transporting food, not people. "Sometimes, I get here earlier so I could be first on line," Cruz said outside a warehouse in East Flatbush, waiting to load his car with boxes of food. The food is from the Met Council on Jewish Poverty to serve Holocaust survivors, largely Ukranian and Russian immigrants in Brooklyn.

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Atlas Finalizes Sale of Renewal Rights to NATL

SOURCE: Reinsurance News
DATE: November 25, 2020

Brighton, England US-based commercial auto insurer, Atlas Financial Holdings has announced that the renewal rights to its agreement to sell its Large Paratransit Accounts to National Interstate Insurance Company (NATL), which was previously announced in July 2020, has been finalized. Following the agreement, Atlas and NATL will work together to transition the handling of Large Paratransit Accounts to NATL during the next year. The Company received $2.9 million as consideration from NATL for this transaction.

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EHang Air Taxi Takes Off on Three-venue Flight Tour of South Korea

SOURCE: New Atlas
DATE: November 25, 2020

Seoul, South Korea Chinese air mobility company EHang has completed three test flights in South Korea to show off the passenger transport, emergency response and air tourism potential of its all-electric two-passenger autonomous aerial vehicle, the EHang 216. After securing the first Special Certificate of Airworthiness for an autonomous air vehicle issued by the South Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, EHang set off on a mini flight tour to demonstrate use case scenarios for its Urban Air Mobility solution.

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Florida's PSTA Launches AV Pilot

SOURCE: Metro Magazine
DATE: November 24, 2020

St. Petersburg, Florida The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA), in partnership with Beep and funded by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), launched a three-month autonomous vehicle pilot in downtown St. Petersburg. The fare free all-electric shuttle, named AVA, short for Autonomous Vehicle Advantage, is the state's first autonomous vehicle fleet launched by a transit agency in mixed traffic.

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From Robotaxis to E-scooters, COVID Is Changing How People in China Commute

SOURCE: CNBC
DATE: November 18, 2020

Beijing, China The need for social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic has boosted demand for "individual traveling devices," according to Chinese electric scooter maker Niu Technologies, which has seen its Nasdaq-listed shares surge nearly 300 percent this year. The company's Chief Executive Yan Li said the trend is observed globally: Europe, North America and even in China where the spread of COVID-19 has been largely contained.

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Detroit's SMART Bus, Moovit Team for On-Demand Transit Service

SOURCE: Metro Magazine
DATE: November 25, 2020

Detroit, Michigan Detroit's SMART Bus is announcing its partnership with Moovit, which will enable Farmington and Farmington Hills residents to use the free Moovit iOS and Android app to plan their journeys and book their trip on the SMART Quick Connect On-Demand service--a dynamically-routed transit system that automatically assigns multiple passengers heading in the same direction to a shared vehicle.

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Rome Airport Poised To Try 'COVID Tested' Flights from US

SOURCE: Associated Press
DATE: November 27, 2020

Rome, Italy Italian authorities will soon approve an experiment with "COVID tested" flights from three U.S. airports with the aim of eliminating the required 14-day quarantine for passengers arriving in Italy, Rome's main airport said Thursday. ADR, which operates Leonardo da Vinci Airport, said that similar "COVID tested" corridors were also expected to be approved for flights between the airport and the German cities of Munich and Frankfurt.

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Transdev's Hendricks Talks Management, Future of Mobility

SOURCE: Metro Magazine
DATE: November 24, 2020

Torrance, California After joining the company in 2019 as president of Transdev Services division, Laura Hendricks was named CEO of Transdev U.S. earlier this year. As CEO, she is now responsible for all the company's activities and operations in the U.S., which includes contracts for bus, paratransit, and rail in more than 200 cities and communities, encompassing a workforce of close to 16,000 employees.

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The Future of Work … As Determined by Uber?

SOURCE: Marketplace
DATE: November 26, 2020

Los Angeles, California As the pandemic recession drags on, people are turning to gig work to fill the gaps, and the nature of that work is evolving. Proposition 22 in California, which passed this month, lets companies classify delivery and ride-hail drivers as independent contractors. There are some new requirements, such as a wage floor and some health benefit options. Some describe it as a "third way," between benefit-free part-time work and traditional full-time employment. If the idea catches on more broadly, what could it mean for how we work?

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