LAS VEGAS — The U.S. Federal Highway Administration and the Georgia Department of Transportation are working with a non-profit agency called the Ray Project to develop innovative highway technology that will work better with autonomous vehicles than existing infrastructure.

The Ray Project is mandated to develop a “Smart Highway” that is safer and more efficient, explained a recent release. Projections show that connected and autonomous vehicles could help reduce crashes by 40 per cent or more but the full benefits of the technology won’t be realized until highway infrastructure is upgraded, said Allie Kelly, executive director of the Ray Project.

Tests are being undertaken on a 29-kilometre stretch of a Georgia interstate. The program is using solar energy, recycled tires, vehicle telematics data and roadside right-of-way spaces in an attempt to explore how highways can become more ecologically beneficial, while generating revenue.