Update traffic lights to wirelessly detect vehicles at intersections

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Update traffic lights to wirelessly detect vehicles at intersections

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Steve Hockenyos started this petition to City of Raleigh

Technologies in other facets of society are rapidly accelerating, yet that of personal transportation has stubbornly remained stagnant since the 1970s. And as the number of vehicles on the streets has been on the rise, this antiquated technology - largely reliant on timers and copper coil detectors - has become ineffective at efficiently controlling gridlock..
What I'm proposing is development of an adaptive modular sensor system attached to the signal armature coupled with an inexpensive (or free) downloadable client application which serves three simple functions: 1) relay to the traffic timer the number of vehicles that are stopped and for how long, 2) alerts distracted drivers of the light change, and 3) records and reports emission levels.
There are a lot of great things about implementing this system - cost: the system would be tailor-made for agencies on tight budgets, and can start small and be scaled up; less disruptive: the system can be tested thoroughly off-site and deployed by a couple of employees, instead of the current practice of excavating and laying fiber-optic cable; augmentation over replacement: if the system fails for any reason, it simply returns to the existing hardware; finally, it would be uninvasive: the system would be designed to gather strictly generic data, never anyone's personal info.

Below are articles which reinforce this paradigm shift, as car manufacturers are integrating mobile device operating systems into their upcoming models. The change is coming on that front - this petition addresses the other side needed to make progress for truly revolutionary improvements in traffic efficiency.This could become a huge opportunity for Raleigh to gain widespread exposure as a progressive city that's safe to drive in. And even if nothing comes of creating this petition, my sincere hope is that it will spawn more discussion and eventually positive changes. 

Thanks for being a forward-thinker by reading and (hopefully) signing this petition.

Steve Hockenyos

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This petition had 19 supporters