New tech to let trucks 'talk' to traffic lights to ease congestion
Originally posted @ 9news.com.au
A new technology will let trucks around Sydney communicate with traffic lights in a bid to ease congestion.
The three-month trial will see truck drivers given priority to pass through major intersections.
"We need to be able to use technology to get the very best out of our roads," New South Wales Roads Minister Melinda Pavey said.
Trucks will be fitted with a wireless transmitter that can effectively "talk" to a device attacked to the traffic lights on approach.
The green light period will then be extended to allow the heavy vehicle to make it through in time.
"Having less stopping and starting of heavy vehicles is a really positive way to improve connectivity and journey times for everybody," Ms Pavey said.
In all, 112 trucks have been fitted with the new device during the trial, and 99 of Sydney's busiest freight corridors will have the traffic light units installed.
The roads with the new technology include Pennant Hills Road, Parramatta Road and King Georges Road.
With about 270,000 trucks crossing the city every day, it's estimated congestion is costing the country $5 billion in lost time every year.
If the trial is a success, the technology could be extended to other modes of transport, such as emergency vehicles.
The trial concludes next month.