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Colorado Introduces Road “Infostructure” on Its Highways

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Colorado introduces road Infostructure

Colorado is introducing  a new road “infostructure” that uses connectivity between your car and the road to as a new safety measure.

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V2X is a communication system that relays information collected from other vehicles or anything that might pose a hazard to your vehicle. This includes civilians, stopped vehicles hidden around a corner, icy spots on the road, and slow traffic ahead. If there’s a crash on the highway, other drivers will be warned and have the opportunity to change their routes.

Similar concepts of a central hub of traffic and car info have been used before such as the crowd-sourced Waze navigation app, which lets you post location-based warnings of stopped vehicles or speed traps on the road so others with the app can see it.

Unlike Waze and similar apps, the V2X system is completely automatic and will be built into the roads and light fixtures. You also won’t need your phone because several automakers have announced that they will implement this technology into their cars in the next few years. Some are starting as early as 2019, which sounds early, but this technology isn’t new by any means. It’s already been tested for the past 10 years in places like Ann Arbor, Michigan.

It hasn’t been mentioned how some of the data collected, such as the speed of an individual car, will be used by the Department of Transportation. This jump in technology might limit the amount of speeding on the roads, not to mention hit-and-run accidents.

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A pedestrian hit by a car could be reported almost instantly, by the pedestrian’s smart devices and even by the car that hit them. The anonymity of such accidents could dwindle, if not disappear altogether.

One of the ultimate goals for this system — besides preventing unnecessary crashes and safer driving — is to pave the way for autonomous vehicles.

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