Ohio tests state-of-the-art smart technology to make roads safer, especially in bad weather

When driving in inclement weather conditions or heavy traffic, imagine if your vehicle could warn you about icy roads ahead or if a driver a few cars in front of you suddenly slams on their brakes.

This futuristic-sounding technology is currently being implemented in Ohio as part of the largest-ever research project involving connected vehicle technology, which is shaping the future of transportation nationwide, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.

The technology allows vehicles, traffic lights, crosswalks and other infrastructure to communicate crucial information, including letting drivers know that a car at the upcoming intersection will run a red light or that a pedestrian is on the sidewalk ahead where a driver plans to make a right turn, creating a safer and smarter travel experience.