Taking on traffic trouble spots with new, smart technology

LAS VEGAS - President Donald Trump continues to push for a massive nationwide infrastructure overhaul, so states like Nevada are trying to get ahead of the game as more smart cars go online when they hit the road.

Agencies like the Regional Transportation Commission are looking for ways to integrate that data into their traffic management systems.

The RTC has construction projects across the valley aimed at keeping cars moving as smoothly as possible.  The agency is embracing smart technology so that drivers can avoid traffic troubles before they start.

"Traffic here is, it's outrageous," said Moises Romero, driver. 

"I'm pretty lucky because I use the 215 in the mornings, so I'm on the better side of it, said John Holiday, driver. "I know it's worse on the 95 from the few times I've encountered it." 

But who likes sitting in traffic? No one.

"There's a lot of traffic here, and we need to do more to fix it," said Romero.

There's new technology to stop traffic trouble spots before they occur is on display inside the Regional Transportation Commission control room.

"It's allowing us through machine learning, analytics, to say there's more of a likelihood for a crash here or an incident here," said Brian Hoeft, director, RTC Traffic Management Center.

On I-15 through the Resort Corridor, and U.S. 95 between the Spaghetti Bowl and the Rainbow curve, the RTC is using software called Waycare to detect crashes before they're reported.  It will allow for help to be sent so that the road could be cleared as quickly as possible.

"We detected this crash using in-vehicle data, someone at the scene was swerving or hard-braking," Hoeft said. 

The RTC is also working with Audi to test technology that tells your car the light is about to turn green, which alerts drivers to be ready to go.

"The driver in front of you who's texting, or doing something else, and we miss the capacity of maybe getting a couple more cars there," Tina Quigley, RTC General Manager.

Senator Catherine Cortez Maston, D-Nev., is pushing for a hearing on a bill to provide grants to agencies who want to implement these types of smart traffic solutions.

"This is one area that is bipartisan," Corte Masto said. "I mean, this is one area we can all say if we really want to create jobs and grow the economy, let's invest in our infrastructure." 

But, when the money will come is anyone's guess.

"I've experienced California traffic, so we're pretty good," John Holiday said, driver. 
 


More Stories

Don't Miss

  • #OurPain
    Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • The 7th Annual 8 News NOW Super Recycle Event
    Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Red Cross Everyday Heroes
  • Politics Now
    Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Connect with 8 News NOW
    Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending Stories

Latest News

Video Center