In 2012, Utah DOT awarded a contract to Mandli Communications to digitally collect roadway assets using the latest in mobile network technologies. The data captured under the Utah project is not only valuable in improving asset management and roadway safety; it may also help unlock the door to the autonomous vehicles of tomorrow. On May 24, the Geospatial Transportation Mapping Association (GTMA) will host a webinar on “Collecting the Road of Tomorrow.”

Ray Mandli, president of Mandli Communications and GTMA chair, will provide an overview of the Utah project, including how the data is being collected, what technologies are involved and what quality control measures are in place to ensure accuracy. Professor John Leonard (MIT), co-director of the Ford-MIT Alliance, and James McBride, Ph.D., technical expert in Ford Motor Company's Research and Advanced Engineering Department, will then discuss how the data collected under the Utah project could be enhanced to increase its value for researchers developing the first generation of autonomous vehicles.

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