Greensboro could become first city in state to use GPS to slow, stop vehicles at lights

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (WFMY) — Once approved by city council, Greensboro’s Transportation Department says it will be the first city in our state to use vehicle GPS technology to get cars to slow down, and stop, at traffic signals.

Adam Fischer, the transportation director for the city, says they’ll be working with a third-party vendor, providing real-time traffic data from the more than 500 traffic signals across Greensboro. Armed with that data, that company will use the GPS technology in certain cars, like newer model Audi vehicles, to let drivers know when traffic signals will change, and alert the cars to stop.

“It’s going to be the future,” Fischer said.

Fischer says this project is similar to current driver assist packages, which alert drivers when they are too close to the car ahead of them. He says Greensboro was likely picked for this project due to its state-of-the-art traffic system, which already collects this data in real time.

Greensboro City Council will likely vote on this in April.

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