This week I travel to Austin, Texas to speak at the national distributor’s meeting of Siemens’ Intelligent Traffic Systems Division. I’d recommend their website to anyone interested in some impressive traffic system technology. The end purchasers of their products are mostly municipalities.
Every day, driving Americans approach red traffic lights as they prepare to make a right turn. Typically, making a right turn at the red light is a simple process of stopping, checking for traffic, and continuing through the intersection with virtually no wait at all. Before “Right Turn on Red” was common, however, the time between stopping at the intersection and the light turning green could feel like months, with the car sitting, idling, emitting fumes, and adding to a carbon footprint that many would rather reduce.