Smart roads coming to Utah could, eventually, decrease traffic

Now, UDOT is partnering with Panasonic to take this to another level, UDOT executive director Carlos Braceras said Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. A branch of Panasonic, called CIRRUS, will give UDOT access to a management system that will allow it to collect, analyze and share more data.

“(UDOT has) all these great applications out there. … (But) those are kind of edge applications. We’re now helping them build a central platform to manage all that, plus now even more,” said Chris Armstrong, vice president at CIRRUS.

The $50 million, five-year Panasonic partnership will help UDOT install sensors along other portions of Utah highways, including the I-80 corridor and Big Cottonwood Canyon, Armstrong said.

Those sensors will communicate with state-owned, connected vehicles and the CIRRUS system will help send alerts to drivers of those vehicles if there’s congestion or other issues. It not only helps UDOT manage traffic, but also helps the state know where to better build infrastructure.