Miovision unveils the World’s Smartest Intersection in Detroit

June 5, 2018 / Source: Financial Post

DETROIT — Miovision, a leader in smart intersection technology, today unveiled the World’s Smartest Intersection in the City of Detroit.

The World’s Smartest Intersection, a system of sensors, video-based detection, connected traffic signals and remote monitoring capabilities, is composed of five intersections along a busy corridor, in the heart of Detroit. With a focus on safety, the World’s Smartest Intersection generates data that pinpoints areas where traffic-related fatalities and injuries can be reduced. Cities can use this type of data to advance their Vision Zero goals to eliminate deaths and serious injuries involving road traffic.

The technology behind the World’s Smartest Intersection is a combination of hardware and software based on open architecture and artificial intelligence. Using this foundational technology, the intersections are able to sense and understand what’s happening on the roadways in real time and trigger responses, such as:

  • Traffic lights that can extend green lights to accommodate cyclists who wouldn’t otherwise be able to make it through the intersection;
  • Alerts that warn drivers of connected cars or Waze users that jaywalkers are ahead;
  • Traffic lights that provide priority access to emergency vehicles;
  • Intersections that understand and analyze the near misses between users of the roads such as pedestrians, cyclists and drivers;
  • Traffic lights that allow for freight vehicles to have green light priority, encouraging freight use on certain intersections away from pedestrian-heavy corridors.

“This corridor is a great example of how cities can leverage existing infrastructure to build innovative solutions that immediately benefit people,” said Mark de la Vergne, Detroit’s chief of mobility innovation. “We started with the goal of improving how we monitor our traffic signals, and now we’re working with Miovision to explore how to improve safety for pedestrians and help first responders get to emergencies more quickly.”

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