A 90-mile network, running between the cities of Vail and Golden in Colorado, will be the state’s first foray into the world of connected vehicle technology.
The Colorado Department of Transportation has announced that it has entered into a partnership with the Newark, New Jersey-based Panasonic Corporation of North America for the construction of around 100 roadside units that will have the ability to communicate with the CDOT regarding traffic conditions.
The technology, which is currently being considered for use in several municipalities across the country, additionally allows vehicles to communicate with other vehicles as well as with streetlights, traffic signals, and even buildings, all in an effort to create a more safe and efficient driving environment.
All of the country’s major car manufacturers have said that they intend to have connected vehicle technology in their vehicles by no later than 2023.
The Vail and Golden route along Interstate 70 will mark the first time that the CDOT has implemented the technology. The I-70 route was selected because it is heavily travelled and subject to a variety of weather conditions, including snow and ice.
CDOT officials say it will cost $2-$3 million to build the roadside units, with another $10 million going for the development of the data ecosystem.
By Garry Boulard
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