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Connected vehicle data can improve traffic safety

GCN By Chris Teale FEBRUARY 15, 2023

Information gathered from vehicle sensors can efficiently inform decisions about road safety strategies. Transportation planners looking to address road safety issues and traffic fatalities could move beyond traditional methods of determining unsafe areas and rely more on technology, including the data collected by connected vehicles, according to one expert. The renewed focus on technology-driven solutions comes on the heels of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s announcement earlier this month of $800 million in grant funding for projects to make roads safer and address the country’s rate of traffic fatalities. With recent federal figures showing that traffic deaths in the U.S. remain stubbornly high, data collected by connected cars could give local officials more insights into where those deaths and accidents are happening and make it easier for them to devise mitigation strategies.

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