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Smarter intersections: A&M agrees to collaborate with 7 private firms

cars, buses and bicycles jam a traffic intersection

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The Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Texas A&M University and the City of College Station are joining with seven key private sector companies to help design, develop and test safer, smarter intersections.

“Smarter intersections will play a key role in improving mobility and enhancing safety for the public,” TTI Director Dennis Christiansen said.

Several key players in transportation-related automation – among them Econolite Group, EDI, Iteris, McCain, MoboTrex, Savari and Siemens – have indicated interest. Talks are underway with others.

“We are delighted that these companies and the City of College Station will be partnering with Texas A&M researchers in this significant initiative,” Chancellor John Sharp of The Texas A&M University System said. “We are always looking for ways to collaborate with the private sector to make life better in Texas and beyond.”

The project will be based at The Texas A&M University System’s new RELLIS campus, announced by Chancellor Sharp at the Technology Conference.

The research will be conducted in three distinct environments: laboratory, a controlled environment featuring several intersections constructed at the RELLIS campus, and ultimately at live intersections in the City of College Station.