3M and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) are partnering to deploy connected vehicle technologies along more than three miles of I-75. Using solutions from 3M, the current I-75 work zone in Oakland County will be transformed improve safety for drivers and to test advanced vehicle to infrastructure technologies on the connected and autonomous vehicles of the future.
The I-75 Modernization project will position Michigan to be among the first states to test connected vehicle infrastructure at this level of scale. As vehicles become increasingly automated and connected, existing road infrastructure must be updated to ensure safety and reliability of this emerging technology. Signs, pavement markings, temporary traffic controls and vehicle identification systems need to be designed and implemented to pave the way for the data-driven environment of the cars and roadways of tomorrow.
3M is providing MDOT with advanced all-weather lane markings, retroreflective signs with smart sign technology and DSRC (dedicated short-range communication) devices for vehicle to infrastructure communications. The updated, modern materials will allow for redundancy and greater machine vision, as well as improved driver safety on the roadways. Additionally, 3M will provide work crews ANSI-compliant apparel with 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material, to ensure proper worker safety throughout the project.
“For almost 80 years, 3M has been leading the development of cutting-edge traffic and roadway worker safety advancements,” said John Riccardi, Vice President and General Manager, 3M Traffic Safety and Security Division. “We are always looking for ways to collaborate and innovate as the industry continues to evolve. The future of mobility requires an open ecosystem in which industry leaders connect and collaborate to create new technologies that improve our roadways. The state of Michigan is leading the charge when it comes to the future of mobility and we are looking forward to seeing where this partnership goes.”
Magna is supplying cameras for the project. Magna will work with MDOT and 3M to provide expert advice on connectivity and infrared camera technology. Magna engineers and developers will help interpret the data and make continuous improvements to improve the technology.
“We are working with MDOT and 3M to integrate technology that addresses issues such as the location of street signs, loss of internet connectivity or incorrect processing of vehicle-to-infrastructure information,” said Swamy Kotagiri, Magna’s Chief Technology Officer. “Our contribution to the project will help uncover critical information needed to understand how vehicles communicate with roadway infrastructure.”