Traffic on Woodward Ave. could get safer with these new eyes on the road

Auto supplier Bosch, a sensor technology company based in Farmington Hills, is partnering on an $11.5 million project to try to create a safer Woodward Avenue in metro Detroit, with $5 million in federal funding from the Department of Transportation.

Bosch said it is collaborating with the Michigan Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration, the city of Detroit, Wayne State University and others to deploy and evaluate an intelligent transportation network along Woodward Avenue from Detroit through some of its northern suburbs.

The idea is to use new thermal-equipped cameras to help bus drivers receive real-time messages about objects in intersections ? pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and others ? or even those crossing in future intersections the bus will encounter shortly. The technology will also send alerts to authorities when someone might be driving the wrong way down an exit ramp to a highway.