How U.S. grants are connecting vehicles and infrastructure to make Phoenix roads safer

Last year, the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the Arizona Commerce Authority one of the first SMART grants — that stands for Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation.

The plan here was to use the money on “vehicle to everything” technology — basically a way to connect vehicles and infrastructure in an effort to improve traffic safety. The grant was one of more than 50 across the country stemming from the bipartisan infrastructure law. Some focused on using connected technology, while others had different goals.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s chief science officer was recently in the Valley to check in on that work. Robert Hampshire, Ph.D., visited the Maricopa County Transportation Command Center and met with people working on these projects.

The Show met up with him there to talk about the ultimate potential of the kind of technology these grants aim to encourage.

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