AUSTIN (KXAN) — There’s an intersection in Austin that’s getting some consideration for its unhealthy monitor document.
East seventh Avenue and Springdale Highway are a part of Austin’s High-Injury Network, or roads that make up simply 8% of town’s streets however account for almost 70% of town’s critical harm or lethal crashes.
“I’m right here from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day,” mentioned Aeliin Martinez.
She works at Rivera Welding six days every week and infrequently witnesses automotive crashes on the intersection.
“There was a man over right here in a bike — actually, actually unhealthy crash,” Martinez recalled. “He had no helmet on, went via the windshield on somebody’s automotive. It was very unhealthy.”
Martinez mentioned she additionally worries for the cyclists and pedestrians.
“I all the time get scared once I see them go by,” she mentioned.
The Metropolis of Austin is partnering with Velodyne to pilot its lidar sensors. The company said its laser know-how creates real-time, 3D maps they mentioned usually are not doable with different sensors like cameras or radar.
“This explicit know-how would give us the power to measure an individual’s gait and, say they’re an aged particular person… have the ability to prolong that stroll time throughout that intersection, in order that particular person can safely, at their tempo, make it throughout the intersection,” defined Jason JonMichael, Austin Transportation Division’s assistant director.
And in contrast to cameras, the lasers monitor knowledge with out taking photos, which is personally identifiable info town has to take away from its system afterward.
In addition they hope to collect extra info for doable long-term options, like infrastructure or coverage within the space.
“We wish to perceive not solely how nicely does the know-how work, is it prepared? Is it one thing that we must be how we put money into that? Or make selections on how we’re going to plan for that… change in our system?” JonMichael mentioned.
JonMichael’s group mentioned this pilot program will launch as soon as they get the know-how, which they hope will probably be within the coming weeks.
Martinez hopes it is going to be efficient.
“Hopefully they do one thing to alter this, as a result of we’d like change right here,” she mentioned.
That method, she is usually a little much less anxious about her personal security in addition to that of her coworkers, clients and neighborhood.
“You by no means know each time you come to work. By no means know if somebody’s going to go away proper right here in entrance of you,” she mentioned.