The news is dominated by reports of multiple-car pileups, dozens of slide-offs and, in worst-case scenarios, deadly crashes.
A new technology currently being tested in Michigan could help make our daily commutes a bit safer during the winter months.
Michigan is one of four states that is testing the Pikalert Enhanced Maintenance Decision Support System (EMDSS). Funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the technology features sensors put on snowplows in an attempt to continually measure road and weather conditions. This allows road crews to concentrate their efforts on clearing and salting the most dangerous stretches of roads at any given time.
The technology isn’t cheap — but, in our eyes, the cost is worth it if it helps make travel in our great state a little bit safer.
We’ve all canceled a trip across the state during the winter months rather than risking a white-knuckle drive through treacherous stretches on the highways. Our state’s winter tourism would receive a boost if travelers had more faith that their route would be clear of snow and ice.
And any cost is worth saving the lives that are lost each year during winter travel.
We’re hopeful the EMDSS passes its tests this winter and leads to safer winter travel across Michigan for years to come.
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