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Gwinnett County is a city with a high economic growth rate and heavy traffic. The city is trying to improve mobility and traffic safety with the help of modern networked vehicle technologies.
Suburban Gwinnett County, northeast of Atlanta, has experienced sprawling growth and increasingly heavy traffic in recent decades. The county leaders are looking for solutions. Smart technologies can improve traffic flow and driver safety when vehicles share real-time locations with each other and with traffic signals. High-tech sensors on vehicles and roadways tell connected vehicles when to manoeuvre to avoid collisions, reducing crashes and traffic snarls on suburban arteries.
Now Gwinnett County is partnering with Georgia Smart in a project to engage multiple stakeholders across the state to set the standard for the application of connected vehicle technology that can improve mobility and traffic safety.
The county aims to develop and implement a master plan for autonomous real-time data sharing among connected vehicle applications, signals, and other roadway sensors. The Peachtree Industrial Boulevard Corridor has been chosen as the pilot smart corridor for technology deployment, which is scheduled to begin later in 2019.
The project will help the county assess the benefits of Connected Vehicle applications such as Emergency Vehicle Preemption, which will help responders to reach emergency scenes more quickly and safely. It will also simulate traffic operations and apply safety analyses across all systems.