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Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) and Waycare Tech have announced the implementation of Waycare’s cloud-based connected mobility platform that will increase traffic safety and reduce travel time for Central Ohio residents.

The project is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Integrated Mobility Innovation Demonstration Research grant of more than $1.7 million awarded to COTA and 13 partners, including the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), the City of Columbus, The Ohio State University.

The new Regional Cloud-Based Traffic Management AI System allows participating transit agencies, counties and public safety organizations for the first time to share, view, prepare for and react to real-time traffic information across 13 central Ohio counties on a single web-based platform.

According to the company, the system will be the largest AI implementation of its kind in the country and the first involving public transit agencies.

With a goal of reducing travel time for residents throughout the region, the implementation also supports the Vision Zero initiative in the City of Columbus to eliminate all roadway-related deaths and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy and equitable mobility for all.

The Regional Cloud-Based Traffic Management AI System will benefit from Waycare’s established private sector partnerships such as the bidirectional communication with the Waze app, weather services and connected vehicle technologies.

This information will combine with data from public sources, as well as digital video and infrastructure from the 12 additional partners.

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