New York, NY - City to Limit Midtown Traffic Jams by Tracking Drivers
New York, NY - New York City is hoping to ease midtown Manhattan traffic congestion with new technology. It will track the flow of vehicles and allow engineers to control traffic lights in real time.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg formally launched the new technology Monday. The system combines readings from 32 traffic video cameras, 100 microwave sensors and individual drivers’ E-ZPass tags to track traffic back-ups.
City engineers can use the information to help untangle traffic jams.
Officials say the “Midtown in Motion” system gathers data from E-ZPass toll tags anonymously. That way, no individual driver’s movements will be tracked.
Bloomberg says the city will evaluate the project for six months before deciding whether to expand it. He says that reducing traffic congestion could help city children who suffer from asthma.
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