AT&T competition generates bevy of high-tech traffic-safety solutions

Pedestrian/cyclist safety, distracted driving among common themes for innovative apps, devices

Road Traffic Safety News AT&T October 23, 2014
Printer-friendly version

Connected-vehicle traffic safety technology was at the heart of many of the winning apps in AT&T's Connected Intersections Challenge, which encouraged contestants to develop mobile traffic safety solutions for the New York City area.

AT&T received submissions from 45 teams in 13 countries and 26 states, featuring both mobile apps and wearable devices. The winning traffic safety entries included:

  • Tug, which uses Bluetooth technology to send alerts to all smartphones at an intersection, letting pedestrians know whether to cross or wait;
  • Rider Alert, a Bluetooth-powered app that alerts drivers when bicyclists or pedestrians are nearby;
  • Yield, which detects drivers or pedestrians within 10 to 30 meters of the user's smartphone and delivers alerts; and
  • Drive Safely, which sends an auto-reply to incoming calls and texts if the user is detected in the driver's seat. The app utilizes near field communication (NFC) technology to determine where the user is located, so it won't activate if they're in the passenger seat or riding on public transportation.

The traffic safety contest was conducted in conjunction with New York City's Vision Zero initiative, which seeks to eliminate traffic-related fatalities and injuries.

 

 

Related Traffic Safety Articles

 

TRAFFIC SAFETY: NEW YORK CITY ENACTS FIRST “VISION ZERO” TRAFFIC SAFETY LAWS

 

 

NEW FOR WORK ZONES THIS YEAR

 

 

NEW POLL: THE IOWA DOT IS DEPLOYING INTELLIGENT WORK-ZONE SAFETY FEATURES ON CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN AREAS WITH HIGH TRAFFIC VOLUMES, INCLUDING DYNAMIC MESSAGING, TRAFFIC SENSORS AND WARNING SYSTEMS. IS THIS A GOOD WAY TO INCREASE WORK-ZONE SAFETY?

Overlay Init