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The Region’s Connected Vehicle Technology is Getting Ready to Roll

Atlanta Region Matters

By Junior Knox

The future of mobility is upon us.

A network of “smart” traffic signals is headed for some of the region’s busiest thoroughfares. The system relies on Connected Vehicle (CV) technology – cars that talk to each other and to traffic signals and other infrastructure around them – to improve safety and efficiency.

The new tech promises some really cool, and potentially lifesaving, benefits.

CV technology can pre-empt traffic lights, keeping busses on schedule and saving precious seconds for emergency vehicles. Smart signals can also alert drivers to when a traffic signal is getting ready to turn red, giving drivers a little extra time to stop or slow down.

With a $10 million budget, the initiative is a significant investment for the region. Through a partnership between the Georgia Department of Transportation and the Atlanta Regional Commission, the goal is to equip 1,000 intersections with CV technology.

But that’s only part of the equation – more vehicle manufacturers are announcing plans to standardized CV technology in their cars. Ford has announced plans to deliver full connectivity in their fleets of vehicles starting in the 2022 model year.

ARC Chairman Kerry Armstrong said that the program will help boost safety and mobility across metro Atlanta. “It’s especially encouraging to see this program develop as a truly collaborative effort involving not just ARC and GDOT, but also local governments and CIDs,” he said in a recent news release from GDOT.

So when communicative cars are rolling out on the nation’s roads en masse, the region will be ready for them.

Take a look at some recent examples of metro Atlanta communities implementing ITS and CV systems.

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