Smart Columbus seeks volunteers for traffic technology test

Smart Columbus is looking for 500 volunteers to test new technology along North High Street, Morse Road and Cleveland Avenue.

The technology installed in cars will alert drivers to traffic signal changes, detect potential collisions with other connected vehicles, and alert them when they enter school zones.

“It’s designed for safety and mobility, said Columbus City Council member Shayla Favor, who leads the council’s public service and transportation committee. “It allows vehicles and traffic signals to talk to each other.”

Those participating will be eligible for up to $315 in incentives for completing surveys about the program. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and drive at least three times per week within the study corridor.

The seven-month study — from September 2020 through March 2021 — will analyze data collected to determine how the technology affected driver safety.