Tech Tuesday: Connected Vehicles
Tampa, Florida, is one year into a high-tech transportation experiment to connect drivers and cars to real-time data and move them more safely and efficiently along roadways.
The city of Columbus embarks on a similar pilot program in February, when it begins recruiting hundreds of drivers who will test whether cars and devices can successfully communicate. That happens this summer. A regional effort with Dublin, Marysville and Union County will eventually extend the test corridor along U.S. 33.
Such technology - using wireless communication, navigation and sensors - is the first step in devising a Smart City, where everyone - from pedestrians to drivers, to buses - is eventually connected to each other and with the devices that regulate traffic.
Tampa’s program has drawn interest from places like Columbus to Denver and by countries from Japan to Israel.
- Drew Harwell, tech reporter, The Washington Post
- Robert Frey, director of planning and innovation, Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority
- Mandy Bishop, project manager, Smart Columbus
- Russell Holly, contributing editor, Android Central