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Smart Roads

Smart Roads aren’t a matter of if, but when.

Autonomous roadways will remove the human judgment component, which causes most traffic problems from transportation. Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) will improve safety, reduce the automobile death rate, eliminate congestion and traffic, conserve energy, reduce emissions, and create an overall more efficient transportation system.

Plans to deploy the Internet of Things (IoT) solutions to America’s transportation infrastructure have been underway since the early 1990s. Many cities across the country have already taken major steps toward smart roads.

For example, the Alaska Department of Transportation has a smart road system in place that uses sensors on roads and vehicles to prevent driving on ice. Memphis, Tennessee has implemented artificial intelligence and machine learning in roadways to prevent accidents caused by potholes; this reportedly saves the city $20,000 per year. The Utah Department of Transportation has implemented AI that allows public transit to communicate with traffic signals in order to optimize efficiency.

The key to the success of a city’s implementation of smart roads will lie in the quality of its partnerships with technology companies. Cities alone cannot undertake such a massive task.

With legislative tracking tools like Discovery meeting agenda, technology companies can track keywords like “smart roads” and “IoT” in real-time in specific markets or many.

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