IBM helping to improve traffic safety
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IBM helping to improve traffic safety

Commuters are aware of the frustration of sitting in their cars in the same spot on the highway for what feels like hours while somewhere up the road the root of the congestion slows transit in multiple directions. These conditions are unsafe for motorists, and despite previous attempts to reduce these instances, multiple methods have been utilized without any of them producing a definitive solution. IBM is now trying its hand in the traffic industry with a new operating system geared toward this end.

PC Magazine wrote that IBM unveiled its newest deployment at the Smart City Expo in Barcelona, Spain, where it announced the first test of the hardware and software will take place in Lyon, France. The source wrote that IBM has combined its high-density information storage tools with faster software applications designed to help traffic management teams monitor roadways, isolate frequent problem areas and come up with solutions to remedy traffic jams.

"As the city of Lyon strives to improve mobility for its citizens and become a leader in sustainable transportation, piloting this analytics technology will help the city anticipate and avoid many traffic jams before they happen and lessen their impact on citizens," Gerard Collomb, the Senator Mayor of the city, told PC Magazine.

Forward-thinking vehicles
In other parts of the world, car manufacturers are trying to do their part as well, building automobiles that do more to make roads a safer place. The Washington Post reported that Toyota Motor Corporation is engineering cars with specialized onboard sensors and WiFi communications that can help detect obstructions, warn cars and drivers when vehicles are too close to one another and provide updates to other machines in the area when they are disabled.

The company is pioneering a system call the Intelligent Transport System, which Toyota hopes will catch on with other manufacturers, furthering its application to roadways around the world. Moritaka Yoshida, managing officer of Toyota, told the Post that these tools will help prevent collisions as well as provide valuable feedback from onboard computers regarding areas where recorded crashes are highest, allowing engineers and local officials to review sites for improvement. Such a program, Yoshida expressed, would make streets safer for drivers and pedestrians alike.