Us human drivers are used to fairly simple communication between other cars on the road: middle finger = bad job, sir or madam, honk = I’m unhappy about it.
The Colorado Department of Transportation is hoping that better communication — vehicle-to-vehicle communication and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication — can make driving on I-70 less middle-finger-inducingly bad.
Essentially, it amounts to using Panasonic technology to let cars and roads communicate current conditions to each other to make the roads crash-free and therefore injury-free and delay-free.
Another challenge is simply the cars themselves. While newer cars will have the necessary equipment, older vehicles will need a device, Route Fifty reports. Of course, it’s not totally out of the ordinary for CDOT get drivers to buy a new device for traffic improvements.
And if all this elaborate traffic talk has you dreaming of another ski train, dream on — this traffic fix is the cheapest option in an agency that doesn’t have a lot of money, spokesperson Amy Ford told Route Fifty.