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U Of M Awarded $9.95 Million To Build Smart Intersections In Ann Arbor

Jan 11, 2021

Credit University of Michigan

Plans are moving forward on a series of new "smart intersections" in Ann Arbor.


The University of Michigan is building more than 20 smart intersections over the next three years.

Professor Henry Liu is from U of M’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department.

He says the intersections will contain a variety of equipment that can communicate with automated vehicles and help alert them to pedestrians and other dangers they might not be able to see.

“The vehicle might not be able to see it, but the infrastructure sensors could see it and be able to detect it and send the information to the automated vehicle, so this type of accident can be avoided,” Liu says.

The project is being funded in part by $9.95 million in research grants from the US Department of Transportation.

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