Red-light system tracks cars, can delay green to avoid accidents

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Have you ever been at an intersection and as your light turns green and you start to go, you have to slam on the brakes because some other car comes flying through a red light?
Well, some of those intersections are about to get a lot safer for you.

Channel 4 reports that the Florida Department of Transportation has given Jacksonville the green light to install automated collision prevention technology on some of the city’s red light cameras.  The Halo safety feature measures the speed and distance of a vehicle approaching an intersection. If the computer determines the car is about to run a red light, it delays the green light for crossing traffic.  Red-light runners typically don’t even realize they’ve run a red light until they’ve put someone else’s life in danger.  Broadside collisions known as T-bone crashes often end in the death of the driver who didn’t do anything wrong.

A Florida Department of Transportation spokesman said the Halo collision prevention system will be installed at 11 Jacksonville intersections powered by state-of-the-art technology that takes distance and speed into consideration.  The revenues from red light runners caught on camera will pay for the Halo system, which cost $10,000 per location.

According to the manufacturer of the Halo technology, the device is expected to reduce the crash rate by 24 percent. It’s expected to decrease the number of fatalities by more than 20 percent.
To learn more about the Halo system, click here.

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