Transportation in Georgia Getting Technical Improvements
GEORGIA - Traffic in Georgia could be upgraded and transformed with smart technology designed to improve safety and reduce congestion on Georgia roads in the near future, according to NORTHWESTGEORGIANEWS.COM. The new technology has the capability of warning drivers if someone is about to run a red light. MARTA buses may be capable of requesting a green light as they approach an intersection, and special traffic signals can alert authorities if a crash occurs or a vehicle stalls on the road.*
New technological features were presented this week and a tech show in Atlanta. The Transportation Tech Showcase displayed numerous options for improving traffic in Atlanta and facilitating better transport of freight along the east coast.
New, advanced traffic signals set up at intersections will reportedly be able to send potentially life-saving information to drivers. The signals may warn drivers about light changes, when another driver is about to violate a red light, or when a pedestrian is entering the road. The system can be installed into vehicles’ radios and may even prevent fatal collisions and improve the flow of traffic.
These technological innovations are also setting the stage for autonomous cars. The state began installing such signals and already placed more than 400 in the metro Atlanta area. Georgia will now spend another ten million dollars on adding 1,600 more smart signals statewide. Another 1000 smart signals will be installed in the metro area by city and county governments, primarily paid by federal grant funds.
The efforts and investments indicate that transportation innovation is a priority for the state. The government is also working to partner with private companies to push forward with new updates, research, and development. The governor is behind the push and is hoping to make Georgia the East Coast technology capital. While governments can move slowly when implementing change, the governor feels that by working together with both the public and private sector, positive improvements will happen more quickly.
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