Sensors are being installed at each of the region’s 2,300 intersections and across its multi-jurisdiction corridors
As Las Vegas gears up for the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the increase in traffic volumes it brings, a real-time traffic-monitoring system is poised to make the city’s streets smarter and allow traffic to move more efficiently in the future.
The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada is working with Acyclica, a leading provider of high-resolution, real-time traffic congestion information, to install sensors at each of the region’s 2,300 intersections and across the region’s multi-jurisdiction corridors.
It aims to provide the city and drivers a more holistic perspective on the region’s traffic and uses real-time technology to help determine how well vehicles are moving (or not). The sensors will be used by the city to monitor and control traffic movement from their traffic control centre. There, engineers can change traffic-signal timing, check various streets and intersections and analyse trends in real-time.
In addition, any driver in Las Vegas will soon be able to have access to a new type of smart city technology that allows traffic lights to communicate with their cars so they can know when the light is going to turn green.
Equally important, autonomous cars will also have access to real-time traffic light data so they know when to stop or slow down. As you approach a traffic light anywhere in the Las Vegas area, your car will be able to show you the status of the light. The system can also tell cars and drivers the optimum speed along a stretch of road to ensure that they can proceed through the maximum number of green lights.
As part of a regional goal to achieve zero traffic fatalities, Acyclica will enable real-time traffic light information, accessible through open APIs, to promote safe content delivery while drivers are stopped at traffic signals.
Audi recently announced Traffic Light Information as part of Audi’s Connect PRIME subscription service, available with select 2017 Audi models. Soon they will have access to all the signals of Las Vegas. Audi is the first to take advantage of the new technology, but any car manufacturer can build it into their dashboards or devices.
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