For the first time ever, the Georgia DOT (GDOT) will be hosting a Smart Vehicle Tech Challenge in an effort for the department to stay at the forefront of changes and trends in transportation mobility.
The purpose of the tech challenge event—dubbed "Talking Traffic Lights"—is to invite technology companies from around the world to translate GDOT traffic light data into safety applications that can be used to support autonomous vehicles. The winning team will receive $75,000 to further develop the application while working alongside GDOT’s technology and transportation leadership team.
“We are looking for serious technology partners that are as equally committed to helping us build modern and safety-focused transportation infrastructure,” GDOT Operations Director John Hibbard said in a statement. “We view this as an exciting opportunity to tap the ingenuity and know-how of technology companies with a vision that aligns with our own.”
A maximum of 15 IT companies will be selected to participate in this Smart Vehicle Tech challenge. The Talking Traffic Lights event will be kicked off with a public networking event featuring speakers from the automotive industry as well as a mobility marketplace showcasing hardware and software companies in the transportation space. This will then be followed by the three-day tech challenge and an eventual announcement of the winner.
SOURCE: Georgia DOT