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Highway slowdown alerts now available in New Jersey

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Intelligent Imaging Systems (IIS) has partnered with the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) to provide real-time traffic alerts to drivers who travel within the state. New Jersey joins North Carolina in offering the in-state alerts, which are provided through Drivewyze, a sister company of IIS.

As a result of the partnership, messages such as “Sudden Slowdown Ahead” and “Congestion Ahead” are now displayed on ELDs and other in-cab devices about 2 to 3 miles before a slowdown begins, giving truckers plenty of time to reduce their speed. Information is in real-time, with congestion and incident data provided by INRIX, a provider of transportation analytics and connected vehicle services that has partnered with IIS for the slowdown notifications. In New Jersey, the slowdown alerts cover 647 miles of New Jersey’s highways, including the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway, and Atlantic City Expressway.

“The ability to alert commercial vehicle drivers to unexpected traffic conditions will improve safety for everyone driving on New Jersey’s highways,” NJDOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti said. “By warning drivers of congestion that is miles ahead, drivers of large commercial vehicles will have the extra time needed to safely slow down.”

The INRIX traffic and slowdown alerts will join other notifications that truck drivers already receive through Drivewyze’s in-cab Safety Notification service, such as slowdown alerts when coming upon dangerous curves, caution notifications when nearing a low bridge, and mountain corridor alerts for steep grades and runaway ramps.

“The New Jersey Motor Truck Association applauds the efforts to provide advance safety alerts to commercial truck drivers via Drivewyze,” said Gail Toth of the New Jersey Motor Truck Association. “These efforts will help to keep our workplace—the highways—safer for all.”

Brian Heath, president and CEO of IIS, looks forward to providing truckers with a “connected-truck” solution that gives them a heads-up on unforeseen slowdowns.

“We’re a company committed to highway safety, and we continue to expand our safety footprint across the country,” Heath said. “Having ‘visibility’ to slowdowns ahead can help take stress away from truckers, and allow them to start slowing before they actually see tail lights turn red.”

With advanced algorithms analyzing millions of anonymous connected vehicles traveling more than a billion miles daily in the U.S., INRIX identifies and monitors traffic slowdowns to provide invaluable real-time information to truckers. 

“It’s gratifying to partner with IIS to offer states meaningful safety information to commercial drivers,” said Rick Schuman, VP of public sector at INRIX. “With New Jersey joining North Carolina, we expect other DOTs to follow suit and be as enthusiastic about the opportunity as we are.”

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