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Roads in the future will need data standards as well as signs, says DOT's CIO

Patrick Thibodeau | June 16, 2014
It's not just highway signs that will have to be uniform

The system, which may be deployed in a few years in Southern California, is an integrated infrastructure that will monitor the network, or roads, and then control the traffic flow. Individual traffic lights and freeway ramp lights will talk to each other in a connected system to help ensure that traffic flows smoothly. It will involve regulating ramp lights, which control vehicles entering the highway.

Other systems that may be more pervasive in a few years concern parking, a big time waster for motorists. Technology is now available that can tell drivers where to find parking, how much it will cost and even reserve a space.

The problem, say those working on these systems, is that many garages, which operate on low margins, have not invested in the technology, which also tells drivers which parking spaces may be free.


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