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July 2015

There are 4 blog entries for July 2015.

Google Self-Driving Cars on Austin Streets

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 at 4:58pm. 1,395 Views

Austin central Google Inc. is testing its self-driving cars on the streets of Austin, Texas, hoping to gather additional information on how its prototypes interact with various real-life factors such as traffic, people, and road conditions. The tests will be conducted with specially equipped Lexus RX450h prototypes, and the vehicles will have humans on board to assume manual control if needed.

Google’s self-driving prototypes have been in a testing phase since 2009, mainly around Google’s Silicon Valley headquarters in Mountain View, California. The technology to build self-driving cars is expected to be ready for the public by 2020.

The Texas Department of Transportation was quoted in a Google press release: "We welcome and support Google's autonomous vehicle

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Austin, Texas Real Estate Market Update and Statistics July 2015

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 at 11:35am. 1,654 Views

central austin homesAustin Monthly Home Sales Top $1 Billion for First Time, Plus: Mid-Year Report

Monthly home sales for the Austin area topped $1 billion in volume in June 2015, making it the highest dollar volume month ever for the central Texas region, and cumulative sales for 2015 signal a potential yearly record, possibly higher than 2014’s record-breaking sales volume, according to a Multiple Listing Service (MLS) report by the Austin Board of REALTORS®.

“June’s increased home sales, combined with total dollar volume exceeding $1 billion for the first time ever, shows the amazing equity Austin homeowners have in the market and the powerful impact of real estate in Central Texas,” said ABOR President Barb Cooper. “If this growth continues, 2015 could become

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Austin Leads Nation in Startups

Monday, July 20th, 2015 at 1:57pm. 7,735 Views

Austin skylineAustin is now the national leader in startups, following its number two spot in 2014. With 180 startup businesses, Austin unseated Silicon Valley for the title of the number one city in the nation for startup businesses, according to the Kauffman Index Report, which measures entrepreneurship at national, state, and metropolitan levels.

Fellow Texas cities Houston and San Antonio also made the top ten, at spots eight and ten, respectively. Helping spur this innovation is the job growth rate in Texas, which has remained positive for 60 consecutive months, according to Texas Workforce Commission statistics. Rounding out the top five cities for startups were Miami, Florida; San Jose, California; Los Angeles, California; and Denver, Colorado.

In

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Non-Stop Flights from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

Monday, July 20th, 2015 at 10:12am. 5,827 Views

Austin skylineIt seems not a month goes by that we don’t hear about another flight being added to the options at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. ABIA has been experiencing tremendous growth in the amount of people who travel through its doors, leading to demand for more non-stop flights, a boon for commuters and pleasure travelers alike. This month, a new passenger screening checkpoint with six security lanes also opened to support the demand, as part of the Terminal East Infill Project terminal addition. What is leading to this expansion? Let’s take a look:

This May 2015 saw a new monthly passenger record with 1,022,353 people traveling through the airport. It was ABIA’s third million-plus month and its fifth monthly record in the past 14 months. Passenger

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