The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is parterning with startup company, Cavnue, to launch a program designed to create a smart freight corridor for self-driving trucks.
The technology will focus on a 21-mile stretch of State Highway 130 from Georgetown to Del Valle.
"This infrastructure include cameras, radar, other communication, hardware, as well as machine learning, as this is where we can use AI to our benefit. This digital infrastructure will eventually accommodate with self-driving freight vehicles and can benefit all users of the roadway," said TxDOT spokesperson Brad Wheelis in a statement.
The technology can monitor road speeds, hazards and other road conditions. TxDOT said it will use this data to focus on ways to improve safety on the roads. There could be more driverless trucks in the future.
"Let's bring in partners from the industry who are building advanced vehicles to work on this project and showcase how we can improve the safety and efficiency of roadways through technology," said Cavnue CEO Tyler Duvall in a statement.
"We know the trucking industry is interested in self-driving infrastructure trucks, so TxDOT wants to be on the forefront of this technology," said Wheelis.
The smart freight corridor is expected to be set up by mid-2024.
Source: KVUE News