Caltrans improves roads with new automated warning system

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Caltrans (California’s Department of Transportation) has embarked on a new project that will enable road users to receive road and traffic updates in real time. By installing an automated warning system (AWS) – comprising inductive loops, roadside weather stations, visibility meters and, soon, Bluetooth detectors too – onto state highways, data from roads can be collected and information such as weather reports, incidents, traffic delays and roadworks, can be relayed to drivers via variable message signs and a Caltrans mapping app. Caltrans’ new AWS will help enable drivers to make better decisions when planning their journeys, ultimately helping them to avoid congested areas and drive on safer routes.

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Rachelle joined Traffic Technology International in early 2016 after having worked for an HR magazine and prior to that, as a freelance sub editor for various lifestyle consumer magazines. As deputy editor, she supports the editor in making each issue and updating the website. Outside of work, she enjoys tap dancing, playing the piano and video games, and eating spicy food.

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