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Worst to First: These U.S. states have the worst infrastructure

The state of Missouri doesn't have the worst roads and bridges in the U.S., but it doesn't have the best either.

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New analysis by QuoteWizard, a part of the Lending Tree family, reveals how many states have sub-part infrastructure and how the poor condition of those roadways is effecting vehicles.

The bad news is that America's roadways are crumbling. You knew that if you frequently drive anywhere north of what automakers refer to as the Sunshine Belt. QuoteWizard analyzed new numbers from the Federal Highway Administration and found that deteriorating roads and bridges cost the average driver $556 every year. In the states with the worst roads, those conditions lead to almost $1,000 per year in road repair costs.

According to QuoteWizard, the high costs are "a direct result of a combination of what the FHA considers non-acceptable roads and poor bridge decks". Each state was ranked according to its complete score in the following categories:

  • Percentage of non-acceptable roads
  • Square miles of poor bridge deck
  • Cost per motorist that is allocated towards repairing bridge and road infrastructure

States are ranked 1 to 50, with 1 being the worst overall road infrastructure and 50 being the best overall road infrastructure. Scroll down to see the full results.

No. 1 - Rhode Island

Providence, Rhode Island

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Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 50%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 23.0%
Cost per motorist: $823

No. 2 - Mississippi

Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 27%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 4.0%
Cost per motorist: $820

No. 3 - West Virginia

Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 31%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 16.1%
Cost per motorist: $723

No. 4 - Connecticut

Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 34%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 10.2%
Cost per motorist: $676

No. 5 - Maryland

Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 27%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 3.4%
Cost per motorist: $356

No. 6 - Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii

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Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 43%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 2.4%
Cost per motorist: $764

No. 7 - California

Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 35%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 7.2%
Cost per motorist: $862

No. 8 - Washington

Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 27%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 6.1%
Cost per motorist: $643

No. 9 - Pennsylvania

Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 27%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 8.2%
Cost per motorist: $610

No. 10 - Missouri

Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 25%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 9%
Cost per motorist: $699

No. 11 - Texas

Austin Texas

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Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 22%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 1.1%
Cost per motorist: $682

No. 12 - Louisiana

Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 25%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 9%
Cost per motorist: $624

No. 13 - Indiana

Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 23%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 3.9%
Cost per motorist: $480

No. 14 - Illinois

Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 20%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 12.3%
Cost per motorist: $586

No. 15 - Arizona

Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 21%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 1.4%
Cost per motorist: $576

No. 16 - New Mexico

Albuquerque New Mexico

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Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 32%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 4.7%
Cost per motorist: $768

No. 17 - Massachusetts

Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 25%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 11.5%
Cost per motorist: $627

No. 18 - New Jersey

Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 47%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 7.4%
Cost per motorist: $703

No. 19 - New York

Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 27%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 10%
Cost per motorist: $509

No. 20 - Colorado

Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 22%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 5.2%
Cost per motorist: $637

No. 21 - Utah

Salt Lake City Utah

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Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 22%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 0.8%
Cost per motorist: $694

No. 22 - Ohio

Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 16%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 3.6%
Cost per motorist: $544

No. 23 - Deleware

Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 16%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 5.4%
Cost per motorist: $486

No. 24 - North Carolina

Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 14%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 8.4%
Cost per motorist: $336

No. 25 - South Carolina

Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 18%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 6.7%
Cost per motorist: $557

No. 26 - Nevada

Valley of Fire Nevada

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Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 15%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 1%
Cost per motorist: $536

No. 27 - Virginia

Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 14%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 3.7%
Cost per motorist: $430

No. 28 - Maine

Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 23%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 7.4%
Cost per motorist: $529

No. 29 - Wisconsin

Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 18%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 4%
Cost per motorist: $736

No. 30 - Minnesota

Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 16%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 3.3%
Cost per motorist: $542

No. 31 - Michigan

Detroit Michigan

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Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 21%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 7.6%
Cost per motorist: $645

No. 32 - New Hampshire

Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 20%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 6.9%
Cost per motorist: $525

No. 33 - Alaska

Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 17%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 7.7%
Cost per motorist: $450

No. 34 - Arkansas

Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 7%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 4.5%
Cost per motorist: $543

No. 35 - Vermont

Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 17%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 4%
Cost per motorist: $418

No. 36 - Kansas

Topeka Kansas

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Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 12%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 2.8%
Cost per motorist: $591

No. 37 - Tennessee

Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 5%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 4.2%
Cost per motorist: $194

No. 38 - Oregon

Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 10%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 3.3%
Cost per motorist: $268

No. 39 - Florida

Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 13%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 1.8%
Cost per motorist: $351

No. 40 - Kentucky

Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 10%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 5%
Cost per motorist: $434

No. 41 - Oklahoma

Oklahoma City


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Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 7%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 5.3%
Cost per motorist: $900

No. 42 - Alabama

Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 11%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 2.5%
Cost per motorist: $506

No. 43 - Montana

Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 12%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 7.8%
Cost per motorist: $472

No. 44 - South Dakota

Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 14%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 9.4%
Cost per motorist: $563

No. 45 - Georgia

Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 7%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 2%
Cost per motorist: $275

No. 46 - Nebraska

Omaha Nebraska

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Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 11%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 5.3%
Cost per motorist: $466

No. 47 - Iowa

Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 8%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 9.8%
Cost per motorist: $362

No. 48 - Idaho

Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 4%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 5%
Cost per motorist: $427

No. 49 - North Dakota

Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 6%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 4.6%
Cost per motorist: $479

No. 50 - Wyoming

Percentage of non-acceptable roads: 5%
Square miles of poor bridge deck: 7.4%
Cost per motorist: $356

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Domino's and Nuro announced their partnership in 2019 — and now the robots are hitting the roads.

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After announcing their partnership to work on pizza deliveries via self-driving robots in 2019, Dominos and Nuro have officially rolled out their technology to one part of town.

Beginning this week, if you place a prepaid order from Domino's in Woodland Heights (3209 Houston Ave.), you might have the option to have one of Nuro's R2 robot come to your door. This vehicle is the first do deliver completely autonomously without occupants with a regulatory approval by the U.S. Department of Transportation, according to a news release.

"We're excited to continue innovating the delivery experience for Domino's customers by testing autonomous delivery with Nuro in Houston," says Dennis Maloney, Domino's senior vice president and chief innovation officer, in the release. "There is still so much for our brand to learn about the autonomous delivery space. This program will allow us to better understand how customers respond to the deliveries, how they interact with the robot and how it affects store operations."

Orders placed at select dates and times will have the option to be delivered autonomously. Photo courtesy of Nuro

Nuro Domino's delivery vehicle

The Nuro deliveries will be available on select days and times, and users will be able to opt for the autonomous deliveries when they make their prepaid orders online. They will then receive a code via text message to use on the robot to open the hatch to retrieve their order.

"Nuro's mission is to better everyday life through robotics. Now, for the first time, we're launching real world, autonomous deliveries with R2 and Domino's," says Dave Ferguson, Nuro co-founder and president, in the release. "We're excited to introduce our autonomous delivery bots to a select set of Domino's customers in Houston. We can't wait to see what they think."

California-based Nuro has launched a few delivery pilots in Houston over the past few years, including the first Nuro pilot program with Kroger in March 2019, grocery delivery from Walmart that was revealed in December 2019, and pharmacy delivery that launched last summer.

From being located in a state open to rolling out new AV regulations to Houston's diversity — both in its inhabitants to its roadways, the Bayou City stood out to Nuro, says Sola Lawal, product operations manager at Nuro.

"As a company, we tried to find a city that would allow us to test a number of different things to figure out what really works and who it works for," Lawal says on an episode of the Houston Innovators Podcast. "It's hard to find cities that are better than Houston at enabling that level of testing."

You can find out which self-driving vehicles are being tested in your neck of the woods by clicking here.


This article first appeared on AutomotiveMap's sister site InnovationMap.

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The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 is on sale now.

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The all-electric range of the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 has been confirmed. The model is the first modern electric Volkswagen to be sold in the U.S. and a model that the German automaker is resting a lot of hopes on for the future of sales in the country.

The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Pro with all-wheel drive will achieve an EPA-estimated 260 miles of all-electric range on a full charge. The ID.4 Pro S and 1st Edition, which have more features and equipment and therefore weigh more, achieve an estimated 250 miles of range.

The EPA-estimated fuel economy for ID.4 Pro RWD is 107 MPGe in the city; 91 MPGe on the highway, and 99 MPGe combined. The ID.4 Pro S and 1st Edition does slightly worse achieving 104 MPGe in the city, 89 MPGe on the highway, and 97 MPGe combined.

2021 Volkswagen ID.4: Exterior The "1st" badging denotes the vehicle as a first edition model. Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

These new numbers come as part of a second round of EPA testing. Original testing found that the model did not quite hit its target.

How does that compare to other EVs? The Nissan Leaf Plus offers 226 miles of all-electric power. The Hyundai Kona Electric delivers 258 miles. Volvo's XC40 Recharge has just 208 miles of all-electric range but the Tesla Model Y can go up to 326 miles on one full charge.

First out of the Volkswagen gate will be ID.4 models with an 82-kilowatt-hour battery and rear-mounted AC permanent-magnet synchronous motor. That system delivers 201 horsepower and 228 pound-feet of torque.

At a public DC fast-charging station with 125 kW charging, the ID.4 can go from five to 80 percent charged in about 38 minutes. With purchase, ID.4 owners receive three years of unlimited charging at Electrify America DC Fast Chargers at no additional cost.

The 2021 ID.4 is on sale now, with pricing for the rear-wheel-drive ID.4 Pro starting at $39,995 MSRP, before a potential Federal tax credit of up to $7,500. The Pro S carries an MSRP of $44,495. The limited-run ID.4 1st Edition, which sold out the day the vehicle was launched, carried an MSRP of $43,995.

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