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Smart city challenge aims to reduce time spent at red traffic lights

The Transforming Intersections challenge aims to change the way cities move by collaborating with governments to solve some of the most complex mobility issues they face.

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Parsons claims people can spend more than a week and a half sitting at red traffic lights per year
Parsons claims people can spend more than a week and a half sitting at red traffic lights per year

A smart cities initiative that aims to improve movement around cities and reduce the amount of time people spend at red lights has been launched.

 

According to Parsons Corporation, the goal of its Transforming Intersections challenge is to change the way cities move by collaborating with governments to solve some of the most complex mobility issues they face.

 

With its Intelligent Intersections solution, the technology company claims, cities and counties can leverage existing data to provide automated traffic re-timing based on changing traffic patterns, ‘significantly’ enhancing mobility for the region.

 

Safer intersections

 

In addition, connected vehicles can communicate with traffic signals, which will lead to more efficient and environmentally friendly driving with a smaller carbon footprint and, ultimately, safer intersections.

 

Traffic signal owners can also provide priority to transit and emergency vehicles or automatically extend green cycles for pedestrians needing extra time to cross the street.

 

“Starting today, cities and counties in the United States, Canada, and beyond can apply to collaborate with us to use new mobility technologies to address the challenges their transportation networks face every day,” said Andrew Liu, Parsons senior vice president of smart cities, adding that the winner of the challenge will receive a free one-year trial of the Parsons Intelligent Intersections solution for their transportation corridor.

“We will not only revolutionise how cities move, but we’ll provide people with some of their valuable time back to do things other than sit at a traffic light”

With increasing populations, growing development, and demand for new services, managing a city’s transportation network has become a complex mobility challenge. But the solution could be as simple as transforming an intersection, Parsons claims.

 

“Every year people spend more than a week and a half of their life sitting at red traffic lights,” said Chuck Harrington, chairman and CEO, Parsons.

 

“By changing intersections through our Transforming Intersections challenge, we will not only revolutionise how cities move, but we’ll provide people with some of their valuable time back to do things other than sit at a traffic light. Our goal is to give cities the opportunity to increase their mobility, reduce their carbon footprint through reduced idling of vehicles, and keep their city moving.”

 

More than four million hours of annual vehicle delays are caused by poor signal timing alone within the US. Two fifths of all pedestrian accidents happen at intersections, reports Parsons. And drivers can reduce fuel consumption by 20 percent with well-timed signals.

 

To apply go to Parsons Smart Cities Challenge.

 

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