Smart technologies will improve transportation, save money, lawmakers say

“Our roads, bridges, and traffic lights desperately need repair, and with budgets tight, we have to look for solutions that stretch every dollar,” Carnahan said.
 
“By tapping into new technology we can address those problems while at the same time solving traffic congestion problems, preventing accidents, and putting gas money back in the pockets of families and businesses," he said. "It’s the kind of common-sense solution that will help our economy grow and make sure taxpayers get a better bang for their buck.”
 
The bill would create pilot programs in six cities to test whether technologies such as cars with crash sensors, bridges that can sense stress from vehicle weight, electronic toll systems and live updates to commuters improve overall commutes.
 
The congressmen said the bill was supported by transportation, business and environmental groups. They planned a conference call for Wednesday to discuss the measure.