The North Carolina Department of Transportation is collaborating with Intelligent Imaging Systems – a Canada-based company that provides innovative connected-truck technology, including in-cab communications – to reduce the risk of commercial truck crashes due to work zone activity and other traffic slowdowns.
[Above photo by the NCDOT]
“We strive to let people know of unexpected traffic conditions,” said Kevin Lacy, NCDOT’s state traffic engineer, in a statement. “We’re excited to be working with an industry partner that is using new technology. Truck drivers will be able to get advance warning of a major roadway incident before they see it on one of our dynamic message signs.”
NCDOT has contracted with Intelligent Imaging Systems to pilot test this system for a year via the Drivewyze notification service to truckers traveling all 182 miles of Interstate 95 in North Carolina as well as rural portions of Interstate 40.
The new alerts will have messages such as “Sudden Slowdown Ahead” and “Congestion Ahead” about two or three miles before commercial truck drivers encounter the slowed traffic or incident based on real-time data provided by INRIX.
NCDOT added that it maintains more than 300 digital message signs providing important traffic updates across 2,500 miles of highway. The safety alerts under the pilot, however, can reach commercial drivers even where there is not a digital sign, the agency stressed
“We’re pleased to partner with NCDOT in providing a ‘connected truck’ solution that gives truckers a heads-up on unforeseen slowdowns,” said Brian Heath, president and CEO of Intelligent Imaging Systems. “These alerts will no doubt help with traffic safety along interstates in North Carolina.”