Car Vending Machine Unveiled In DC Area (6-7-18)

Dive Brief:

  • Online used car sales site Carvana has opened a vehicle vending machine in the Washington, DC suburb of Gaithersburg, MD.
  • The eight-story, all glass tower holds up to 30 vehicles and is fully automated. Customers receive a large, specialized coin to retrieve their vehicle from the vending machine.
  • The new vending machine is Carvana’s 10th, joining others in Houston; Dallas; Austin, TX; San Antonio, TX; Nashville, TN; Raleigh, NC; Charlotte, NC; Jacksonville, FL and Tampa, FL.

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Your Guide To The Capitals’ Victory Parade (6-12-18)

The parade doesn’t officially kick-off until 11 a.m., but fans were lining up along the parade route hours before then. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)

WASHINGTON — It’s not every day that a city gets to celebrate a championship.

With the Capitals winning the first Stanley Cup in franchise history, D.C. will be celebrating in a big way with a parade through downtown, then a rally on the National Mall on Tuesday, June 12.

Unlike previous events on the National Mall, organizers have not put together an extensive list of banned items, however there will be no alcohol, glass or drones allowed.

The federal government will be open during the parade but the White House is encouraging agencies to grant employees two hours off during the festivities. More details can be found below.

As with any big parade, there will be a slew of street closures and parking restrictions. Here’s what you need to know before the parade kicks off.

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Are Dockless Bikeshare Systems Changing Washington’s Biking Culture? (6-2-18)

Dockless ride-share bikes are now a common sight on District sidewalks. Available via a mobile app, they offer a cheaper alternative to other transportation options. (Mark Miller/The Washington Post)

The new dockless bike-share companies that have taken off in the District are attracting a different kind of customer than the traditional Capital Bikeshare system: Their riders are more racially diverse, slightly younger and less affluent, according to transportation officials and an academic review of the services.

A new study by Virginia Tech found that a good share of the bikes are taking trips to areas that are historically majority-minority, a clear distinction when compared to the share of trips made on Capital Bikeshare bikes, the city-sponsored system that is known for its distinctive red bikes and docking stations.

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Most People Expect Driverless Cars To Become Common, And They Worry About It (6-4-18)

A driverless Daimler AG Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S car maneuvers to a parking space during a demonstration in Stuttgart, Germany, on May 28, 2018. (Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg)

Most Americans think autonomous cars will be quite common within 15 years, though 74 percent of people say they don’t expect to have one and two-thirds say they wouldn’t want to walk or ride a bicycle anywhere near one.

Confusing? That’s in part because the results come from three different recent surveys on Americans’ attitudes toward autonomous cars.

Taken together, however, they underscore widespread misgivings about the autonomous vehicles that people expect will be among them shortly, the challenge that automakers face in marketing them, and a need for safety reassurances from federal regulators.

Most Americans — 70 percent, according to an HNTB survey being released Monday — have softened to the idea that driverless cars factor in their future, whether they plan to ride in one or not.

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Massive Road Closures For Caps Games In Downtown

WASHINGTON, DC — The Washington Capitals will be playing at Capital One Arena on Saturday and Monday nights, but these will be no ordinary home games. Expecting massive crowds, D.C. officials have opted to shut down or place traffic restrictions on a large section of downtown before and during games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

D.C. has declared a large section of downtown ranging from Eye Street to the north to Pennsylvania Avenue to the south, and from 9th Street to 3rd Street east-west, to be a “restricted traffic area” on June 2 and 4, meaning that for-hire vehicles like Uber and Lyft will not be allowed to pick up fares. Much of the rest of the area will be declared emergency no-parking zones, and a few roads around the arena will be totally closed.

D.C. police may entirely close 7th Street NW from Eye Street down to Constitution Avenue based on pedestrian activity.

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