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Internet of Things Technology Will Connect Highways, Street Lights, and Vehicles

Internet of Things Technology Will Connect Highways, Street Lights, and Vehicles

Cars have gotten smart. Can roads catch up?

SpectrumLeee.org
20 Jun 2019 | 20:00 GMT
By Kathy Pretz

THE INSTITUTE As more and more intelligent cars and autonomous vehicles hit the road, some engineers are thinking about what can be done to smarten up the streets on which they travel.

Doing so could allow smart cars and trucks to exchange information with other vehicles, traffic-management centers, and private companies about traffic congestion, accidents, and weather conditions. The key to making it happen is an Internet of Things system that includes sensors embedded in the roadway and on traffic lights.

Existing intelligent transportation systems provide some of those features. Information gathered by traffic-monitoring cameras, for example, is being used to adjust traffic signals in real time to ease congestion. Sensor-equipped parking lots can notify drivers of empty spots via their smartphone. And there are some IoT pilot projects, like Austria’s Autobahn, which uses Cisco’s Connected Roadways system to link 70,000 sensors and 6,500 traffic cameras to monitor traffic and road conditions... FULL ARTICLE

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