Cleveland buses test infrared cameras to improve pedestrian safety

A transportation technology pilot in Cleveland is testing the use of infrared cameras and connected vehicle technology to alert city buses when pedestrians enter an intersection.

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) has partnered with Battelle, a transportation research group, to begin a six-month project that will test the cameras and vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure radio equipment. The connected buses, 24 in total, will receive warnings when a pedestrian or another vehicle enters their lanes at three different intersections.

The effort is funded by a grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) as part of a program to find smart city tools that improve transit and that can be expanded to other locations.