DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL - Days after monitoring the world’s first beer delivery via a self-driving 18-wheeler, the Colorado Department of Transportation on Tuesday announced a new high-tech effort to build “a connected transportation program.”
CDOT, through its RoadX program launched a year ago, will partner with a unit of Panasonic Corp. and other companies to build a system in which information gathered from sensors on the road and vehicles driving the road will be shared within seconds with other vehicles and their drivers.
The goal is to warn drivers — or the automated, driver-assist systems in the cars — of obstacles in their path ahead in enough time for them to take action, or divert to another route.
Interstate 70, Colorado’s east-west artery, is often clogged on weekends with travelers heading to and from the mountains. It will be the team’s first target, CDOT officials said.
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