While Spruce Grove may not have the congestion problems of a big city like San Francisco, that doesn’t mean we don’t have our own traffic challenges. Accommodating both motorists and cyclists on the same section of road is a difficult task, and one that Ford is already looking to solve using their advanced OpenXC software!
Down in Palo Alto, California, there exists the Ford Innovation and Research Centre where Ford’s best and brightest work tirelessly to improve urban mobility. Namely, these researchers are looking for ways to reduce traffic congestion and improve cyclist safety through their open-source software: OpenXC.
This project, known as “Info Cycle” has Ford placing specialized sensor units to hundreds of cyclists throughout San Francisco to collect a wealth of information available. This sensor package collects a huge amount of data, such as fluctuations in ambient lighting, average ambient temperature, average speed, and where bicyclists most often come to an emergency stop. All this data is wirelessly transmitted through a Bluetooth connection to a smartphone where it can be viewed.
Then, all this data is analyzed to better understand how bicycles share the road with motorists, and how cities can reduce congestion, improve safety, and reduce their environmental impact! So what does this all mean for Spruce Grove?
As we said before, Spruce Grove may not have the same congestion problems as a big city currently. As we continue to grow, these problems will continue to crop up. Given how Ford’s OpenXC software is publically available, Spruce Grove could easily use this software to plan new bike lanes, better utilize public transportation, and a whole host of other options! And even if Spruce Grove doesn’t take advantage of this software, larger communities like Edmonton and St. Albert certainly could!
For more information on this incredible project, or any of the other amazing projects the Ford Innovation and Research Centre is working on, feel free to Contact Us anytime! We’d love to talk to you about how Ford is helping shape the future of transportation.