Smart Vehicle Technology to be Tested in Wyoming

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Associated Press

CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Wyoming is one of three locations in the country where next-generation “smart vehicles” that could make highway driving less dangerous will be tested.

The U.S. Department of Transportation this week announced Wyoming will participate in the Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program.

Wyoming, New York City and Tampa, Florida, will share up to $42 million to use “innovative applications” for vehicles that share and communicate anonymous information with each other and their surroundings.

Wyoming’s part in the program will be targeted at improving freight traffic flows through the Interstate 80 corridor.

Ali Ragan, of the Wyoming Department of Transportation, tells the Wyoming Tribune Eagle that some possibilities include letting truckers know through their phones, in-vehicle GPS units or other methods whether there are high-wind warnings, construction or other dangers ahead.