Benefits and Impacts

Surface Transportation

Solution Areas

Adverse weather causes countless traffic fatalities as well as innumerable hours lost to traffic congestion. Delays caused by snow, rain, ice, wind, and fog cost time and money to commuters, businesses, and delivery systems. The Pikalert® MAW provides hyper-local, near real-time road weather information for the traveling public. Incorporating Connected-Vehicle data, the tool provides current information on visibility, road condition, and road precipitation. Using the MAW, drivers will be able to schedule and plan routes in advance. While on the road, a mobile application keeps drivers abreast of changing road weather conditions.
Predicting Hazardous Road Conditions Predicting Hazardous Road Conditions

It is anticipated that the Pikalert® system will soon be adopted by industry to push road hazard alerts to drivers in vehicles, increasing safety.

Determining Ideal Time to Treat Winter Roads Determining Ideal Time to Treat Winter Roads

This technology has been adopted by private sector firms and State DOTs saving states millions of dollars annually in anti-icing materials and staff time. A USDOT benefits study indicated that the annual net benefit of using MDSS outweighed the costs, by significant amounts, ranging from $2.68 million to $488,000 in New Hampshire, Minnesota, and Colorado. Indiana DOT saved $12M in one winter using the MDSS.

Promoting Vehicle Safety, Mobility, and Environmental Efficiency Promoting Vehicle Safety, Mobility, and Environmental Efficiency Schematic of the Connected Vehicles concept.One in four crashes occur in adverse weather, leading to nearly 7,000 fatalities and almost 600,000... more
Weather-savvy cars and drivers Driving: It’s many people’s least favorite aspect of winter. Whether it’s navigating roads covered in fresh snow or skidding on insidious black ice,... more