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Marysville continues to stay ahead of the technology curve

Marc Dilsaver, mobility and construction manager for the city of Marysville, points out a tiny display screen that can be attached to your dashboard and could one day save your life—or someone else’s. Marysville is being used as a testing ground for breakthrough technology and is looking for local volunteers to help collect data.

Marysville is one of the world’s most connected cities. And being connected doesn’t mean Marysville knows a man who knows a man. It is about moving into the 21st century.

To this end, Connected Marysville held an open house (or at least an open vehicle) on Thursday at the Memorial Health Partners Park Pavilion to show the public what the ruckus was all about.

As of today, Connected Marysville has deployed in-vehicle units and small display screens in dozens of city, county and school-owned vehicles. Roadside radio signals installed by the city at various locations around the city. This technology allows vehicles and roadside units to communicate and, if necessary, to warn drivers of potential hazards. These alerts are also relayed to the city, where data can be collated over time.

Although the technology is advanced, the process itself is relatively simple. An on-board unit and a GPS are located inside the vehicle, both tuned to the same radio frequencies used by the city’s various “connected” intersections and roadside units. The information collected is displayed to the driver on a translucent smartphone-sized screen between the steering wheel on the dashboard and the windshield. These small displays can warn drivers of red lights at the next intersection, pedestrians in crosswalks, and more. As technology (and hardwiring) becomes more sophisticated and pervasive, drivers of “connected” vehicles will be alerted in real time about work zones, detours, traffic jams, and more.

Mark Dilsaber, mobility and construction manager for the City of Marysville, has installed in-vehicle units, GPS, and dashboard-mounted heads-up displays (HUDs) in about 80 city vehicles, sheriff’s cars, and school buses. ) is equipped.

Connected Marysville is seeking about 300 volunteers (100 spots already filled) who agree to put this technology in their vehicles to help the city collect as much information as possible. I’m here. For the conspiratorial, these units run red lights, bounce people off pedestrian crossings, monitor speeds on Maple Street, and see if you’re keeping count. etc., are not designed or used to collect information about bad habits. Did not exceed his daily limit of crappie. Connect Marysville just wants to see if the technology works.

Dilsaber said Honda still has a long way to go before they start trash-talking each other while racing U.S. Route 33, but he has worked on busy streets and highway construction zones. As a person, he envisions a much more secure future when technology is introduced… it works as planned.

Attending today’s Connected Marysville Open House were DriveOhio, a company with significant investments in the NW33 Smart Corridor and Beta District, as well as representatives from the Ohio Highpoint Career Center. If this technology becomes widespread, Highpoint, Ohio, Dr. Rick Smith, superintendent of his career, says students are on the cutting edge and ready to make careers out of designing, building, installing, and repairing new technologies. said he hopes .

Connected Marysville is still looking for approximately 300 drivers to participate in the survey. For more information on the program and how to volunteer for data collection, please visit www.connectedmarysville.com.