Connected traffic system for emergency responders demonstrated near Phoenix
Potential to become nation's leader in traffic safety technology
PHOENIX — The north Maricopa Valley community is the test site for a new, federally-funded and state-supported traffic management system that, if successful,would not only protect emergency vehicles from colliding with traffic during rapid response, but would enable them to "talk" to each other and prioritize each other's routes to an emergency incident.
The MCDOT SmartDrive Program could also be expanded to give city buses, special needs vehicles, and other mass transportation providers a clear path through traffic tie-ups in near-real time.
A live demonstration in April 2012 included equipping several street intersections and vehicles in Anthem with system components to demonstrate the capabilities of the system to manage emergency vehicles during a mock incident response.