PBS NewsHour featured Rapid Flow and Surtrac in a segment on the ways robotics and artificial intelligence are being used to reduce traffic and congestion on the roads of Pittsburgh. Reporter Jeffrey Brown visited the city to speak to those creating the technology, as well as some city employees.
Chestnut Street Ventures recently sat down with Rapid Flow Technologies CEO, Griffin Schultz, to discuss his unique career path and how he became involved in the AI and smart cities markets. While Rapid Flow Technologies developed Surtrac, an intelligent traffic signal control system that optimizes and reduces traffic in real time, Griffin originally got his start in government – which is helpful since Rapid Flow is often selling to and serving government customers.
The Press Herald of Portland, Maine recently ran an article discussing efforts to ease traffic on Forest Avenue, one of the busiest roadways in the entire state of Maine. These efforts center around the Surtrac intelligent traffic signal control system, and local residents and businesses are already taking notice after its installation.
Traffic is a major concern for commuters in most major cities, including Pittsburgh where drivers sit in their vehicles for 81 unnecessary hours each year. A hilly, gridless area with more bridges than any other US city, Pittsburgh can be a pain to navigate.
The Wall Street Journal recently ran an article exploring the ways that artificial intelligence can be used to reduce traffic in busy cities and neighborhoods. The article dives into issues of congestion, but also how these new technologies aim to reduce auto emissions and prioritize emergency vehicles and public transit.
Rapid Flow Technologies was recently featured on the podcast Going Deep with Aaron Watson! CEO Griffin Schultz sat down with Aaron to discuss Surtrac technology, its role in reducing traffic congestion, the future of smart cities, and more.
From the years 2012 to 2016, Surtrac was deployed at 50 total intersections across several neighborhoods in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Smart cities and cars are getting even smarter as technological disruption continues to shake up the transportation industry. By 2021, more than 380 million connected cars are expected to be on the road, as automakers plan to connect the majority of the vehicles they sell, according to research from BI Intelligence. This connectivity is leading to new solutions for urban planning applications, data analysis and problem-solving.
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March 26, 2018
Le Monde, a French newspaper, interviewed Rapid Flow founder Stephen Smith after Surtrac won the 2017 Le Monde International Smart City Innovation Award for Mobility.