Smart traffic system will clear intersections for emergency vehicles in Columbus

Self-driving cars are cool but vehicle-to-infrastructure projects have more potential to make sidewalks and streets safer in the short term.

Columbus is building the infrastructure to test this communications platform that allows cars to communicate with other vehicles, traffic lights, and even crosswalks.

The connected vehicle environment will launch in July 2020 and will cover 88 intersections, including places with the highest collision rates in the city.

Ryan Bollo is leading the Connected Vehicle Environment work, which is part of the Smart Columbus project. The communications system will send vehicle-to-vehicle safety messages to drivers and collect non-personally-identifiable data to the Smart Columbus Operating System. The CVE project will capture, relate, store, and respond to data generated by the communications infrastructure.