Tuesday 17th September 2019

Cool IoT Use Cases: Three-year project prepares Bay Area cities for a connected, automated future

Published on April 1st, 2019

Market overview

Intelligent transportation systems must be enhanced and upgraded in order to be ready for the deployment of connected and automated (CAV) vehicles. This three-year project reflects that requirement for five cities in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The problem

The environmental benefits of CAV are compelling but safety concerns are valid and they need to be addressed holistically. For example, there is a growing demand for detailed information at signalised intersections, including vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrians. Agencies want a complete view of intersection usage.

The Players

The San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and Iteris, a specialist in the application of informatics for transportation. Municipalities and government agencies, around the world use the company’s solutions to make roads safer and travel more efficient.

The solution

Iteris will provide systems engineering services for MTC’s Innovative Deployments to Enhance Arterials (IDEA) programme. They include connected vehicle and automated applications as well as virtual bicycle detection technology. In addition the company’s PedTrax system provides automatic counting, direction and speed tracking of pedestrians within the crosswalk. Combining this data with vehicle and bicycle counts gives agencies the information needed to support enhanced safety initiatives, improve funding applications and focus on specific multimodal roadway improvements.

Business benefits

  • Improves the efficiency and safety of transportation systems
  • Enables a unified view of vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian movements and speeds
  • Prepares cities and states for connected and automated vehicle technology.

The author is freelance technology writer, Bob Emmerson.

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