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Continental establishes second smart city mobility hub in Columbus

Continental’s solution uses radar and data visualisation to give a clear picture of pedestrian and vehicle traffic patterns, uncovering potential opportunities for traffic flow and safety improvements.

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Continental's smart junction aims to increase safety and improve traffic flow
Continental's smart junction aims to increase safety and improve traffic flow

Columbus, Ohio, has deployed a second Smart City Mobility and Transportation Hub designed to help improve traffic flow, reduce pollution. and increase safety at two intersections in the city.

 

Currently in its first phase of development, automotive technology company Continental’s Columbus hub is comprised of two intersections with vehicle and pedestrian traffic made intelligent by integrating Continental sensors, connectivity, and intelligent software into the infrastructure.

 

Safe mobility solutions

 

Deployed at the intersections of Goodale Street and High Street, and Cleveland Avenue and Fifth Avenue Continental’s solution uses radar and data visualisation to give a clear picture of pedestrian and vehicle traffic patterns, uncovering potential opportunities for traffic flow and safety improvements.

 

“Columbus is focused on improving the lives of its residents through responsive, innovative and safe mobility solutions,” said Mandy Bishop, Smart Columbus programme manager, City of Columbus. “Through forward-thinking partnerships like this one with Continental, Columbus is continuing its mission to become model for connected cities of the future.”

“Through forward-thinking partnerships like this one with Continental, Columbus is continuing its mission to become model for connected cities of the future”

In the future, Continental claims the system will be able to detect and broadcast object data information, including intersection traffic participants, to connected vehicles and pedestrians. This is a critical benefit given that more than half of total fatal and injury crashes occur at or near intersections, according to the Federal Highway Administration.

 

“As a long-time expert in automotive safety and connectivity, Continental continues to find new ways to deploy that expertise and technology to help make roads safer and mobility smarter for all traffic participants,” said Tamara Snow, head of research and advanced engineering, Continental North America.

 

“Continental’s intelligent intersection solution gives cities greater visibility into traffic patterns, with future phases designed to help improve traffic flow, reduce pollution and, most importantly, increase the intersection’s safety.”

 

Currently focused on collecting and sharing traffic data, the intelligent infrastructure is identifying key zones and traffic scenarios. One such function, vehicle group detection, counts the number of single vehicles approaching the intersection to determine if a green traffic light should be extended, eliminating unnecessary braking or acceleration, reports Continental.

“Solution gives cities greater visibility into traffic patterns, with future phases designed to help improve traffic flow, reduce pollution and, most importantly, increase the intersection’s safety”

When connected with a traffic light controller, this data can be used to adjust the traffic light timing between connected intersections in real-time to help improve traffic flow, reduce congestion and pollution, and contribute to a safer and more seamless intersection.

 

In the future, Continental said the data currently being collected is planned to enable active safety benefits, including V2X communication, and pedestrian- and bicyclist detection. Using V2X technology, the intersection will broadcast safety messages to connected vehicles and pedestrians in and around the intersection.

 

“As a data-driven company, we are constantly analysing incoming information to modify our algorithms and approach to improve intersection safety,” added Snow.

 

Visualisation dashboard

 

Continental is also building a dashboard where all collected data can be visualised for city officials. This dashboard will help the city monitor the overall system, can enable over-the-air updates for new feature deployments and system maintenance, and will ultimately give a previously unseen look into traffic patterns and critical moments, like near-miss crashes and vulnerable road user behaviour, that can be used to improve safety and increase efficiency.

 

In 2019, Continental launched its fiirst smart city mobility hub across two intersections in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Data continues to be collected at those intersections.

 

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