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Autonomous driving has gone from a distant possibility to an inevitable future over the past five years. While Tesla has been an unquestionable pioneer in the space, every major automaker is actively developing autonomous technology in partnership with a growing number of Silicon Valley firms.
Consumers have also become increasingly interested in autonomous vehicles. While many are still skeptical of fully self-driving cars (39%), more than two-thirds (67%) are interested in adaptive safety features and nearly half (43%) want limited … Continue Reading
Traffic signals drive both traffic safety and mobility, making it vital that they function properly. While federal regulators recommend retiming signals every three to seven years, changing city demographics and traffic patterns make more frequent retiming necessary to optimize traffic flow. The problem is that retiming signals is a time-consuming and expensive process.
The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Every Day Counts (EDC) program aims to address these kinds of problems with new and innovative technologies. In last year’s EDC-4 (2017-2018), … Continue Reading
It’s easy to assume that pedestrians will cross roadways at established intersections, but in reality, pedestrians rarely go out of their way to cross at an intersection. Most pedestrians will take the most direct route possible unless they’re rewarded with a far superior crossing by going out of their way.
Mid-block traffic crossings can solve these problems by enabling pedestrians to cross at non-intersections without endangering themselves or motorists.
What Are Mid-Block Traffic Crossings?
Downtown areas often have numerous intersections … Continue Reading
City planners in Austin, Texas were brainstorming ways to fix traffic congestion back in 2014. After crunching the numbers, the planners found that moving just seven percent of car drivers onto bicycles could have as big of an impact on congestion as expanding a nearby freeway—at a fraction of the cost. The move would also reduce transportation costs for thousands of lower-income households and help the city meet emissions goals.
While Austin set aside just $70 million for cycling infrastructure … Continue Reading
Over the past seven years, smartphone ownership has more than doubled from 35 percent to 77 percent of the U.S. population, according to Statista. The number of smartphones worldwide is expected to surpass five billion next year, representing more than half of the global population.
In this article, we will take a look at how smartphones could revolutionize traffic safety and how your city can position itself to capitalize on these trends.
Smartphones are revolutionizing traffic safety from both … Continue Reading
On a recent episode of Applied Information’s radio show, TravelSafely, CEO and host Bryan Mulligan spoke with guest Eric Tanenblatt, Global Chair of Public Policy and Regulation with Dentons, the largest law firm in the world.
Tanenblatt also leads the firm’s US Public Policy Practice, leveraging his three decades of experience at the very highest levels of the federal and state governments.
As one of the nation’s preeminent public policy thought leaders, he was able to offer a unique … Continue Reading
Traffic and pedestrian signals rely on the power grid, so it’s not uncommon for signals to go dark or experience power failures. Often, these power outages occur during severe weather or high winds. They can also occur due to poor wiring, grounding issues or bad transformers.
Dark intersections confuse motorists and increase the risk of an accident. This is especially true for streets with four to six lanes and for intersections with turn bays. In these cases, the right-of-way can … Continue Reading
The Intelligent Transportation Society of California recently held its 24th Annual Conference and Exhibition in Anaheim. At the event, organizations from around the world gathered to connect with the ITS community, discuss current trends in the industry and share ideas.
As a part of the conference, John Thai organized a vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) demo that was designed to showcase the latest in connected vehicle (CV) technology.
Thai’s specific goal with the showcase was to demonstrate how different technologies, from different vendors, … Continue Reading
The term artificial intelligence, or AI, often conjures up images of a futuristic all-knowing computer or human-like robot, but it’s better to think of it as you would the Internet. AI is a tool that changes the way that we work and interact with the world. By teaching computers how to think and act like humans, they can take over many tedious or time-consuming tasks.
Smart cities and local governments are leveraging this technology in many ways: The Minnesota Pollution … Continue Reading
It’s difficult to imagine driving before the age of traffic lights—that is, until you come across a dark intersection. Traffic comes to a halt, impatient motorists experience near-misses, and pedestrians have no safe way to cross the street.
Proactively monitoring and maintaining traffic controllers can avoid these issues and keep everything running smoothly. While this level of monitoring used to require a lot of resources, new technologies have automated these processes and can help you save significant time and money.… Continue Reading
On a recent episode of TravelSafely radio, Bryan Mulligan of Applied Information interviewed retired Marietta Fire Chief Jackie Gibbs to discuss how traffic technology has improved roadway safety and emergency vehicle response time.
Rising through the ranks
Born and raised in Marietta, Georgia, Jackie Gibbs graduated from Southern Tech, now Kennesaw State, with a degree in Fire Science. During his tenure with the Marietta Fire Department, he continued his education and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering.
As he … Continue Reading
Video cameras are widely deployed in cities: Traffic enforcement cameras take pictures of license plates when drivers violate the law; police video surveillance cameras provide dispatchers with live video feeds; traffic sensor cameras recognize when a vehicle is at an intersection; and weather cameras help show road conditions in hazardous areas.
Most of these video cameras require fiber (rather than 28.8 modems) to deliver a non-latent video feed, which makes them very expensive to deploy. Fortunately, new wireless technology is … Continue Reading
According to Qualcomm Executive Vice President Don Rosenberg, fifth generation telecommunications will be as revolutionary as electricity for the automobile and benefit entire economies and societies. That’s a bold claim, but what will it mean for Atlanta?
The city is on AT&T’s very short list for 5G rollout later this year, which is a good thing. Economists estimate the global economic impact of 5G in new goods and services will reach $12 trillion by 2035, according to the World Economic … Continue Reading
In today’s busy cities, improving transportation through innovation and technology is the most effective way to move beyond congestion and create safer roadways. While people generally consider it the government’s responsibility, it’s a partnership between the public and private sectors that will deliver the best ideas and the most efficient traffic solutions. When we combine our efforts, we’ll ultimately save more lives, drive commerce and protect the environment.
The Renew Atlanta Program
Atlanta’s North Avenue Smart Corridor, a product of … Continue Reading
There were over 40,000 traffic-related deaths in 2017, according to the National Safety Council, making vehicle collisions one of the leading preventable causes of death in the United States. At the same time, many growing cities struggle with keeping traffic congestion, air pollution and commute times down while maintaining all of their existing infrastructure.
Vehicle safety improvements, such as airbags and seatbelts, helped improve safety early on, but the decline in mortality leveled off several years ago as these features … Continue ReadingNext »