What is a smart highway?
The next generation of smart highway systems, to be rolled out in 2021, will be powered by sensors, lasers and other high-tech components that can detect and detect the road ahead, and react to the changing conditions.
These sensors will also be able to adjust the way the car is steered to avoid bumping into people and other obstacles, while the braking system can be modified to help keep people safe.
A driver can also adjust the brakes to make the vehicle feel safer and more agile.
The systems will be rolled-out in 2021 in select states and regions around the country.
New York’s smart highway project will be funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a program to build a fleet of sensors to be used in all lanes of the country’s highways.
The technology will be deployed by 2021 in California, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania, with additional deployments in Texas, Florida, Illinois and Georgia.
The goal is to have a fleet that can be used across the country in 2021.
New Jersey’s Smart highway program has already seen a significant uptick in deployments and new projects are underway in the state, including the construction of the state’s first fully autonomous vehicle that will be tested on New Jersey roads.
The new sensors will be used for the new systems, and the next generation will be able “to do everything from braking, to lane changing, to stopping,” said Chris Dymond, vice president of program management for the National Transportation Safety Board.
“The ability to do all those things and more will enable us to go further down the road to truly enable autonomous vehicle technology in all the states.”
The system will also have an “active braking,” which can change the direction the vehicle is driving depending on the road conditions.
“We are going to be able … to get the sensors into all lanes, and we will be using the same sensors that are used for radar detection,” Dymund said.
“We will be looking at sensors to do everything that radar can do, to detect hazards, to determine whether a vehicle is moving too fast, and then to adjust steering and braking.”
Dymond said that the system would be built and tested in New Jersey by the end of the year.
The program has received a $7 million grant from the National Science Foundation.
The NHTSA’s Dymonds said that while he could not give a timeline for the deployment, he said it was “very likely” that the state would have a full fleet of autonomous vehicles by 2021.
There are currently about 400,000 miles of US highways with some of the most congested roads in the country, and with the introduction of the autonomous vehicle, it will likely become easier to use automated vehicles to travel these roads in a safer and faster way, Dymondo said.
One of the main challenges for automated vehicles, Dyrond said, will still be to get all of the roads out of the way.
“With autonomous vehicles, we want to get to all lanes as quickly as possible, but it will take some time to get there,” he said.