ITRI's road safety technology wins silver at Edison Awards

04/05/2019 05:16 PM
Chiang Tsun-chieh (right)
Chiang Tsun-chieh (right)

New York, April 5 (CNA) The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), a leading research institution in Taiwan, won a silver medal Thursday at the prestigious Edison Awards in New York for its road safety technology dubbed "iRoadSafe."

The device is a road safety system that integrates advanced roadside sensing technologies such as radar and cameras, to detect moving objects on the road and broadcasts extensive vehicle-to-vehicle basic safety messages through roadside units.

iRoadSafe can even issue alerts through roadside changeable message signs to improve intersection safety and protect road users, according to the ITRI website.

Chiang Tsun-chieh (蔣村杰), division director of ITRI's Information and Communication Research Laboratories, said iRoadSafe has been in development for more than 10 years, and so far, the technology has been adopted in both Taiwan and the United States.

The award is recognition of our technological achievements, Chiang said.

"It is an innovation that addresses the emerging trends of smart transportation and will play a vital role in vehicular communication and furthermore in integrating with autonomous driving," he said.

According to the ITRI, Thursday's award marked its third Edison Award after it won silver for an innovative firefighting device in 2018 and another silver for an ultrafast rechargeable aluminum battery in 2017.

The Edison Awards is an annual event held in New York to recognize, honor and foster innovation and innovators to create a positive impact in the world.

(By Ozzy Yin and Ko Lin)

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