UA Engineers Help Demonstrate Emergency Responder Traffic System in Anthem
The small but newer community of Anthem, just north of Phoenix, has the potential to become the nation's leader in traffic safety technology.
The Phoenix suburb is the test site for a new federally funded and state-supported traffic management system that, if successful, would not only protect emergency vehicles from colliding with traffic during rapid response, but would enable them to "talk" to each other and prioritize each other's routes to an emergency incident.
The MCDOT SmartDrive program – developed through a partnership between the University of Arizona, the Maricopa County Department of Transportation, the community of Anthem and others – could also be expanded to give city buses, special-needs vehicles and other mass-transportation providers a clear path through traffic tie-ups.
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