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City Incentivizes Car 'Connected' Technology for Study


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Connected cars on the highway.

A program approved by the Columbus, OH, City Council will equip 1,300 privately owned vehicles with "connected" technology.

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The Columbus, OH, City Council has approved a program that will ask 1,300 residents to equip their cars and trucks with "connected" technology that allows vehicles to communicate with each other and with traffic signals.

Residents selected to participate in the test will receive a series of five gift cards totaling $300 to encourage them not to drop out of the study.

As part of the "Connected Vehicle Environment" research program, on-board devices will be installed on public and private vehicles so they receive in-vehicle alerts such as blind-spot detection and rear-end collision warnings.

In addition, the on-board units allow vehicles to communicate with traffic signals and other roadway infrastructure to provide alerts, such as red-light violation warnings.

The study aims to test how vehicles can communicate with 77 new wired traffic signals along stretches of three roads that have some of the highest collision rates in the city.

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