David Shapiro: We don’t need Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation’s memory of rail’s institutional failure

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Porsche-backed EV maker Rimac warms to SPACs

The CEO is revealing plans this week for a 200,000 square-meter (49-acre) new campus on the outskirts of Zagreb, Croatia’s capital city, that will have capacity for 2,500 employees — roughly 2 1/2 times the company’s current headcount. Production is slated to start there in 2023.

Among the site’s many amenities will be employee-relaxation lounges, meadows with roaming farm animals, a museum with a bar and merchandise shop and a test track the CEO said will have a “mandatory drifting corner.”

If this all sounds a bit over-the-top, consider that Rimac has been generating revenue the last eight years —

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Lexus LS, Toyota Mirai get new advanced technologies

But the introductions also underscore Toyota’s cautious, go-slow approach. The system will be available only in Japan for the time being, though it comes to the U.S. in the LS this fall. And it will be limited to the two top-tier offerings of the Lexus and Toyota brands, for now.

The new technology also is expensive, adding some $6,000 to the LS sticker in Japan.

Toyota Chief Digital Officer James Kuffner called the development a key move by Toyota toward programmable cars. He is spearheading the push to create an operating system for digital vehicles of tomorrow.

“This is

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Huawei to Invest $1 Billion on Car Tech It Says Surpasses Tesla

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Huawei Technologies Co. will invest $1 billion on researching self-driving and electric-car technologies, accelerating plans to compete with Tesla Inc. and Xiaomi Corp. in the world’s biggest vehicle arena.

Huawei’s autonomous-driving technology has already surpassed Tesla’s in some spheres, for instance by allowing cars to cruise for more than 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) without human intervention, Rotating Chairman Eric Xu told analysts in Shenzhen Monday.

The Chinese telecom giant will partner with three automakers initially to make self-driving cars that carry the Huawei name as a sub-brand, said Xu, one of three executives who

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Applebee’s customer attacks cook with bicycle, cops find dynamite in bag

A man used a bicycle as a weapon against an Applebee’s cook during a bizarre outburst.

The suspect allegedly made a scene at one of the restaurant chain’s Wisconsin locations that involved yelling racial slurs at other customers, including children. When authorities later located the man, they reportedly found an explosive in the bag he was carrying at the time.

The incident occurred last Wednesday around 9 in the evening, Kenosha News reports. The suspect, identified as Matthew Arnst, reportedly yelled and screamed at other customers and allegedly directed racial slurs at several people.

According to reports, Arnst had

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Oklahoma man dies after struck by vehicle on Grady County highway overnight

GRADY COUNTY, Okla. (KFOR) – An Anadarko man was trying to load a vehicle onto a car dolly overnight in Grady County when he was struck by another vehicle and killed.

Artemio Moreno, 77, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident on Oklahoma Highway 37, within a mile east of County Road 2860 and two miles east of Minco, according to an Oklahoma Highway Patrol news release.

A 2007 Chevy Impala was parked in Highway 37’s westbound lane. Moreno was trying to load the

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