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Maryland To Test Highway Merging Technology On Route 100

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By Rebecca Blatt

Beginning this week, Maryland's State Highway Administration will test new technology designed to help motorists move to reduced lanes more safely.

The five-week study will test something called Variable Speed Advisory technology. It uses roadside sensors, speed trailers and vehicle recognition software to gather information. Then it determines if giving advisory speeds and travel time information helps reduce congestion. It's supposed to allow lane mergers without sudden stops or backups.

The test will be conducted on two miles of westbound MD-100 between MD-713 and Coca Cola Drive.

The study is being done with the University of Maryland's Traffic Safety Operations lab. The lab is a collaboration between the University and the State Highway Administration.

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