Austin, Texas, to test connected car technology within city

Austin has completed deployment of dedicated short-range communication (DSRC) technology at five city intersections following its entry into the US Department of Transportation’s signal phasing and timing (SPaT) challenge. This technology would allow connected cars to communicate in real-time with a traffic signal controller, increasing pedestrian and vehicle safety as part of the operations of a signalized intersection.

This type of information will help future connected traffic signals and equipped vehicles to communicate about pedestrian or bicyclist presence in the intersection, improve vehicle performance, and provide engineers with traffic data that can be used to improve safety and operations.

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