University of Alabama researchers to design next-gen transportation system in west central Alabama

Researchers at the University of Alabama are embarking on a $16.8 million project to transform the roads and highways in the Tuscaloosa area into a smart transportation network that is safer, less congested and more environmentally friendly.

By dotting the roadways in west central Alabama with sensors and cameras, utilizing emerging technologies like machine learning and advancing concepts like connected vehicles, the UA researchers are designing the transportation system of tomorrow.

“The smart thing about this is that we’re using technology to help improve the performance of the transportation system,” said Dr. Alex Hainen, UA assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, and a researcher on the project.