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'Smart' Traffic Boxes Could Help Monitor Roads, Save Money

July 2, 2007

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Ohio State University engineers are working to make the traffic control boxes that stand beside major freeways smarter. They've developed new software that helps the computerized boxes locate road incidents--such as traffic back-ups or accidents--and notify transportation authorities at lower cost, especially in rural areas.
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