They are hard to miss, they can cause traffic back-ups, and sometimes we do not understand why they are there. Yes, we are talking about orange cones. Good news though! The RTC has been testing, and is now expanding, Nexar CityStream, a platform to help Southern Nevada gather data on traffic zones to improve traffic and safety in and around construction zones.
The initial pilot, which ran from December 2018 to May 2019, covered three-square miles in Downtown Las Vegas. It demonstrated how in-vehicle dash cams can provide anonymous real-time roadway data like traffic cones and construction barriers to help the RTC to be more proactive in managing roadway construction and improve the traffic information available to commuters.
On October 10, the RTC Board approved an extension of the pilot with Nexar to include six square-miles in both the cities of Las Vegas and Henderson. The pilot will run through April 2020.Through the expanded pilot, the RTC and local jurisdictions are able to gather even more anonymous and aggregated data including images, video, roadway speeds, hard-brakes, and other information from thousands of vehicles in Southern Nevada equipped with artificially intelligent dash cameras.
To learn more about this advanced technology partnership and how it’s being used to benefit Southern Nevada drivers, check out the CoMotion Podcast with RTC Senior Director of Engineering, John Peñuelas.