Aman Batheja Reporter

Aman Batheja worked for eight years at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, most of that time covering state and local politics. A native of Cedarhurst, New York, he has an undergraduate degree in journalism and psychology from New York University and a master's in economics from the University of Texas at Arlington.

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Uber, Lyft Shun Fingerprint Requirements for Drivers

Uber's Austin General Manager, Macro McCottry, leads a march and rally against the proposal set by the Austin Transportation Department. Photos by: Shelby Knowles
Uber's Austin General Manager, Macro McCottry, leads a march and rally against the proposal set by the Austin Transportation Department. Photos by: Shelby Knowles

As cities worldwide struggle to balance the fast growth of vehicle-for-hire apps with traditional taxi services, three Texas markets are providing a test of the regulatory breaking points for Uber and Lyft. Fingerprinting drivers can be a deal-breaker.  

Here's What it's Like to Ride in a Google Self-driving Car in Austin

Google spent the first half of the year blocking Texas lawmakers’ efforts to create some statewide oversight of self-driving vehicle testing. Then in July, the technology giant expanded testing of its autonomous software beyond California to Texas. As of November, Google had 12 vehicles driving themselves around parts of north Austin, typically with a “test driver” behind the wheel and another Google employee in the passenger seat collecting data.
Google spent the first half of the year blocking Texas lawmakers’ efforts to create some statewide oversight of self-driving vehicle testing. Then in July, the technology giant expanded testing of its autonomous software beyond California to Texas. As of November, Google had 12 vehicles driving themselves around parts of north Austin, typically with a “test driver” behind the wheel and another Google employee in the passenger seat collecting data.

A reporter's brief trip in the backseat of a Google self-driving car shows how developers are taking advantage of Austin's traffic patterns to teach its software how to handle the mundane and the unpredictable.

Will Another Traffic Nightmare Precede the Next Big Storm?

Fleeing before Hurricane Rita hit land on Sept. 24, 2005, evacuees faced a separate disaster on roads like Interstate 10. The chaotic evacuation contributed to more deaths than the storm itself. Officials say they are better prepared for the next evacuation.
Fleeing before Hurricane Rita hit land on Sept. 24, 2005, evacuees faced a separate disaster on roads like Interstate 10. The chaotic evacuation contributed to more deaths than the storm itself. Officials say they are better prepared for the next evacuation.

Before Hurricane Rita hit the Texas coast 10 years ago, there was an evacuation marked by a traffic disaster. Officials say they're prepared to avoid a similar catastrophe on the roads. This is part of our "Road From Rita" series, a collaboration with the Beaumont Enterprise.

House Committee to Revisit Stickland v. Pickett

State Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, being escorted out of a House Transportation Committee hearing chaired by Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, on April 30, 2015.
State Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, being escorted out of a House Transportation Committee hearing chaired by Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, on April 30, 2015.

A state investigation that began after one House member ejected another from a hearing for allegedly signing up absent witnesses to support legislation could reach its conclusion Tuesday at a House committee hearing.

In Embrace of Street Artist, Cruz Increasingly Courts Controversy

Webpage devoted to merchandise designed by the Los Angeles-based artist Sabo on Sen. Ted Cruz's campaign website.
Webpage devoted to merchandise designed by the Los Angeles-based artist Sabo on Sen. Ted Cruz's campaign website.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential campaign has launched a business partnership with a street artist with a history of controversial statements on social media, including using racial epithets and rooting for President Barack Obama's assassination.

Abbott Strikes Accords With Mexico on Transportation, Energy

(left to right)  Assistant Secretary of State for Mexican and Border Affairs Avdiel Huerta, Undersecretary for North American Affairs,Sergio Alcocer Martinez de Castro, Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairns,  José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, and Texas Secretary of State, Carlos Cascos during a July 9, 2015 meeting at the Governor's Mansion
(left to right) Assistant Secretary of State for Mexican and Border Affairs Avdiel Huerta, Undersecretary for North American Affairs,Sergio Alcocer Martinez de Castro, Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairns, José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, and Texas Secretary of State, Carlos Cascos during a July 9, 2015 meeting at the Governor's Mansion
Texas Weekly

Also, George P. Bush wields the sword of zero-based budgeting and Glenn Hegar says he's within $200 million on his revenue estimate.