The City of Austin, Texas, has set the bold goal of Vision Zero to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries on their streets.
As a step in addressing this goal, Tahera Rahman reports in a KXAN TV news story Austin “is partnering with Velodyne to pilot its lidar sensors” which are essential component of our Intelligent Infrastructure Solution.
The solution’s location at East 7th Street and Springdale Road is “part of Austin’s High-Injury Network, or roads that make up just 8% of the city’s streets but account for nearly 70% of the city’s serious injury or deadly crashes.”
The KXAN story quotes Jason JonMichael, assistant director of the Austin Transportation Department, saying:
“This particular technology would give us the ability to measure a person’s gait and, say they’re an elderly person… be able to extend that walk time across that intersection, so that person can safely, at their pace, make it across the intersection.”
The deployment is discussed in a Velodyne press release which quotes Jason saying:
“Lidar-based solutions hold tremendous potential to protect personal identifiable information while continuing to help us to achieve our Vision Zero goal to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries on Austin streets. Velodyne Lidar’s Intelligent Infrastructure Solution could enable us to more efficiently collect and analyze the mobility that is needed to improve roadway efficiency and safety.”