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Austin Transportation Department looks to future with pedestrian connected-vehicle technology

  • 2 mths ago

In an effort to improve road safety, a pilot in East Austin is underway to alert vehicles when a pedestrian is about to cross the street. The program, monitored by the Austin Transportation Department, is at two crossings on Rosewood Avenue: Angelina Street and Navasota Street.

When a pedestrian pushes the signal at one of the crossings, it alerts oncoming drivers that have vehicles connected to wireless networks, or connected vehicles, that someone is trying to cross. It also provides an alert if the driver is about to run a red light.

“Distracted driving is one of the main causes of accidents, and so any additional warnings that drivers can get of something that's occurring in front of them, the more likelihood of them intervening and doing something,” said Joseph McKenzie, a project manager with the transportation department’s Smart Mobility Office.

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