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California State Transportation Agency

Among the leadership changes in state IT governance at the end of the year was the retirement of George Akiyama, the longtime chief information officer for the California Department of Transportation.
Tesla’s Autopilot features and its yearslong promise of eventual self-driving capability are a big part of the Texas-based electric automaker’s lofty valuation. Roughly 160,000 Tesla drivers in North America had access to what Tesla calls FSD Beta at the end of the third quarter.
The department issued the latest in its series of updates on California’s progress toward building a statewide broadband network, which includes details on the administration of federal funding.
It’s not an exact recounting of when and where the state’s monies will be spent, but the new bill is among several that show how and where California’s transportation spend may intersect with technology and innovation this fiscal year.
Muni and BART emerged as among the biggest beneficiaries of the $800 million awarded by the California State Transportation Agency last week for projects meant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“Delivering for all Californians has guided my work, from standing up the Office of Digital Innovation and developing a more user-centered vision for technology in the state of California, to driving vaccine equity, to building more inclusive financial products,” writes Justin Cohan-Shapiro.
While Merced County officials have said there are companies under contract to test at the site, they won’t say who those entities are because of the proprietary nature of the products being developed and tested there.
The California Department of General Services has issued a request for proposal to make it easier for transit providers in the state to acquire the needed hardware and software to support contactless payment systems.