How Federal Funding Is Supporting Innovation
None of this would be possible without a $4.6 million Advanced Transportation Technologies and Innovative Mobility Deployment (ATTIMD) grant from the Federal Highway Administration. In its award, the FHWA specifically noted the city’s intent to use the resulting smart transportation management system to plan electric vehicle charging stations in busy locations and monitor their subsequent use.
The 3D-perception software further relies on machine learning with weather-filtering capabilities to analyze granular, real-time data and predict accidents and wrong-way driving, as well as to understand traffic flow and interactions. In this way, CUIP and Chattanooga hope to optimize routes to alleviate traffic congestion and reduce emissions.
ATTIMD “grants promote innovations that help expand access to transportation for communities in rural areas and cities alike, improve connectivity and prepare America’s transportation systems for the future,” acting Federal Highway Administrator Stephanie Pollack said in a separate statement. “Chattanooga’s project will use the grant to facilitate access to EV charging stations and support clean transportation.”
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Chattanooga Aims Beyond Initial Expansion
The city could continue to scale its smart intersection network outward beyond 2024 if its success and funding continues. The FHWA previously awarded $2.6 million to the Tennessee Department of Transportation in 2020 for artificial intelligence-powered decision support tools for integrated corridor management along Interstate 24, which ends in Chattanooga.
This time around, Chattanooga’s was one of 10 intelligent transportation systems to receive grants totaling $45.2 million.
“With these grants, the Biden-Harris Administration is helping communities deliver modern transportation systems that connect people to where they want to go more affordably, efficiently and safely,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in the statement.