Anyone of our Checkered Flag auto enthusiasts have surely noticed the trend of technology in new vehicles. State-of-the-art computers, sensors, cameras, wi fi systems, and screens are commonplace on our Norfolk and Virginia Beach lots. Now that we have these so-called "smart cars" what can we do about our roads?
That's what researchers from Virginia Tech Transportation Institute are working on.
A state-funded university consortium gave a tour for government and industry officials along a portion of I-66 called a test bed in Fairfax Virginia, Wednesday, June 5th, 2013. The researchers are hoping future 'smart roads' linked with connected vehicles will improve the safety of passengers and the maintenance of roads.
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From The Virginian-Pilot:
"Researchers envision agencies applying the technology to improve on the electronic signs and other alerts they use now to inform motorists about delays, construction zones and other hazards. Data collected from vehicles and sent to VDOT also could help the agency find potholes and other pavement problems more quickly, said Cathy McGhee, an associate director at the highway department's Center for Transportation Innovation & Research."
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