Atlanta is known for many things. From sightseeing (the Georgia Aquarium, the Center for Civil and Human Rights) to business (headquarters of Coca-Cola, the Home Depot), sports (the Atlanta Braves, the Atlanta Falcons) to education (Emory University, GSU) and everything in between, there are a plethora of reasons people live, work, and visit here. An unfortunate byproduct of this popularity is traffic. The area’s heavily traveled roads are frequently clogged with people trying to get somewhere.
While the Major Mobility Investment Program (MMIP) promises citywide relief from traffic congestion over the next few years, there is a new tool available to those journeying along the North Avenue Smart Corridor between Ponce City Market and Georgia Tech. The TravelSafely smartphone app lets drivers keep their eyes on the road by giving spoken alerts to warn of potentially dangerous traffic situations. Harnessing smart technology provided by Atlanta-based Applied Information, the app connects users to city infrastructure, school beacon systems, motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, traffic light changes, and emergency vehicles.
The app gathers information from these sources to alert drivers who are speeding in school or work zones, who are traveling too fast for a curve, who are about to encounter emergency vehicles, who are close to having a rear-end collision, and who are about to run red lights. It also lets motorists know if there are pedestrians in upcoming crosswalks or cyclists on the road ahead – and it works in reverse by notifying pedestrians and cyclists if speeding cars are approaching. Have a favorite mapping app like Google Maps, Waze, or HERE? No worries – they work in conjunction with the TravelSafely app.
Atlanta was one of only three smart cities to beta test the TravelSafely App, which was developed with the idea that the transportation private sector could work with the public to produce real changes in travel safety management and improved traffic flow. The process of applying artificial intelligence to derive a more efficient, accessible urban experience is gaining widespread appeal and will likely expand to incorporate more Atlanta corridors. That can only be good news for thoroughfares like I-285, which has been estimated as handling an astounding two million drivers per day.
Whether you are navigating I-285, I-75, I-85, the Georgia 400, Buford Highway, or a lesser route, it’s important to stay safe. Congestion, high speeds, and aggressive drivers are just a few of the factors that can transform a mere inconvenience into a dangerous situation. If you’ve been injured in a car wreck, are the survivor of someone who was killed by a negligent driver, or have any questions about this topic, you can find out more by discussing it with one of the attorneys at the Stoddard Firm. Based in Atlanta, our vehicle accident attorneys are trusted advocates for personal injury victims and their families in DeKalb County, Fulton County, Gwinnett County, Clayton County, Cobb County, and throughout Georgia. The Stoddard Firm has the knowledge, experience and resources to successfully pursue your claim. We encourage you to contact us today by calling 678-RESULTS (678-737-8587) or filling out a free case evaluation form.