The City of Palo Alto, California, has selected US-based Trafficware Group’s 2.0 and SynchroGreen traffic management system to address the connected vehicle initiative.

Trafficware will use smart vehicle technologies to implement a new traffic data export system that will allow the city to securely spread real-time traffic signal data to car manufacturers.

Palo Alto’s chief transportation official Jaime Rodriguez said: "As we looked for a partner for traffic management for the next decade, it became important to consider capabilities for connected vehicles.

"Trafficware’s is the city’s current traffic management system, so upgrading to ATMS 2.0 was a natural choice."

"Trafficware’s is the city’s current traffic management system, so upgrading to ATMS 2.0 was a natural choice. The city is expanding functionality of the traffic management system to meet the data sharing demands that we anticipate within our market."

Trafficware will use controllers to upgrade the traffic signals at 100 intersections and will install its 2.0 traffic management system.

The city will also install Trafficware’s SynchroGreen adaptive traffic control system at nine intersections along Sand Hill Road serving Stanford University and Stanford University Medical Center.

Based on existing traffic demand, the SynchroGreen system will update signal timings in real-time and will help alleviate congestion in the area, while reducing delays.

Trafficware will also introduce a web-based driver information system for the public to view real-time traffic conditions, video feeds and obtain current traffic data using a web browser, smartphone or tablet.

The driver information system includes real-time parking occupancy data in downtown Palo Alto, provided by the Smart Cities Platform of VIMOC Technologies and is said to integrate with the city’s future parking management system.

The platform uses landscape-computing technology that cuts down network bandwidth consumption and latency.

Slated to begin in December 2014, Palo Alto’s traffic signal system project is expected to be operational by September 2015.