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Research Led By Clemson ­niversity Could Help Revolutionize Transportation

Urban traffic.

Researchers at Clemson University's Center for Connected Multimodal Mobility will explore how the emerging Internet of Things will apply to travel.

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Researchers at Clemson University's new Center for Connected Multimodal Mobility aim to improve the mobility of people and goods and explore how the emerging Internet of Things will apply to travel.

Center director Mashrur Chowdhury expects wireless communication between vehicles, pedestrians, and infrastructure to revolutionize travel in the U.S, citing smart traffic signals based on vehicular and pedestrian demand as an example. "In real time, signal timing at each intersection will be optimized and coordinated to improve corridor-wide traffic flow," Chowdhury notes. "Each signal will communicate what speed each vehicle should drive to avoid having to stop."

Working with the South Carolina Department of Transportation, researchers will test connected and driverless vehicles on the state's roads and provide software and infrastructure they develop to the public.

The center's research is expected to create opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, including new university courses and internships; activities designed for K-12 students also are planned.

"The center will be designed to link higher education and industry throughout South Carolina," says Tanju Karanfil, Clemson's vice president for research. "It will help incubate a business ecosystem centered on the quickly growing field of connected, multimodal transportation technologies."

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