Long Beach partners with Mercedes-Benz on connected vehicles, supporting local Smart City Initiative

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The city of Long Beach, California, partnered with Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America and artificial intelligence firm Xtelligent to deploy and test transportation management systems.

The 10-month project will include the deployment of an intelligent intersection control system, connected vehicle test fleets and sensors to gather mobility data around the city. The private partners will also help sponsor a community youth workshop and science education opportunities for Long Beach residents and students, especially in underserved communities.

Ryan Kurtzman, smart cities program manager for Long Beach, said the new project represents the city’s first partnership with Mercedes-Benz Research and Development, which has a testing and certification facility in the city. The program, he said, will further the city’s goals to “explore emerging technology and advancements in data management to make sure they improve quality of life, make services more efficient and ultimately advance equity and other values.”