VDOT looks to ease commutes in Northern Virginia

The Virginia Department of Transportation will add overhead signs above Interstate 66 in Northern Virginia that pull real-time traffic data from in-car communications systems, among other sources, writes Government Technology’s Brian Heaton.

Frequent travelers of Interstate 95 or the Beltway will probably recognize such signs that tell the distance and estimated travel time to a particular destination. VDOT will install those signs in late August as part of a pilot project intended to reduce traffic on I-66 west of the Beltway, Heaton writes.

To display the travel information, the signs will tap data from Inrix, a company that collects data from road sensors, commercial vehicles and in-car communications systems, Heaton writes. Travelers who download Inrix’s Traffic app can get up-to-date traffic information in exchange for anonymously transmitting their travel details to Inrix’s systems, Heaton adds.

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