Gwinnett County and the city of Chamblee in Georgia were among the recent winners of a “smart communities challenge” led by Georgia Tech.
The communities will get seed funding and help from a Georgia Tech researcher for their winning projects, which involve exploring connected vehicle and autonomous vehicle technologies.
Gwinnett County’s project will use the busy Peachtree Industrial Boulevard corridor to explore how to use new technology to set up a connected-vehicle system in order to improve congestion and reduce crashes. Chamblee’s project will focus on the use of shared autonomous vehicles which travel from MARTA stations and into the community.
The project will explore challenges surrounding the last mile struggles of getting from a transportation hub to a final destination, officials said, as well as the potential impacts of autonomous vehicle technology on the community.
The two other winners of Georgia Tech’s statewide contest were Albany and Chatham County. Those projects will involve using technology to better analyze housing data and to better track sea level flood risk, respectively.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution