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3M™ Connected Roads: Materials & Technology for Intelligent Transportation Systems
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3M™ Connected Roads: Materials & Technology for Intelligent Transportation Systems

  • Our materials and technologies for Intelligent Transportation Systems are designed to help improve the safety and mobility of road systems today and in the future. Because at 3M, we are working every day to help bring drivers home safely.


Smarter infrastructure for smarter vehicles

  • Smarter infrastructure for smarter vehicles

    Today’s smarter, more connected, and increasingly autonomous vehicles are fueling advances in safety and mobility. But vehicle technology can’t advance on its own.

    Smarter infrastructure will help empower enhanced connectivity, communications, and safety. Infrastructure and vehicle technology need to advance alongside each other, and they need to work together to help propel safety & mobility into the future.


Why do we need intelligent infrastructure?

  • Intelligent Transportation Systems improve Road Safety

    Road Safety

    Moving from analog messages designed for human eyes to digital messages designed for self-driving and autonomous vehicles means vehicles can interpret the surrounding environment and quickly respond.

  • Intelligent Transportation Systems improve Mobility

    Mobility

    With vehicle infrastructure integration, road safety materials can connect directly to vehicles, quickly helping identify construction zones and potential safety hazards so vehicle mobility and traffic flow can improve.

  • Wireless Communication Beacons and DSRC

    Redundancy

    With redundancy, intelligent transportation technology can take over in situations when GPS isn't able to work, such as in a tunnel or when buildings are blocking the satellite signal; or when pavement markings aren't visible to the vehicles' camera due to snow or sun glare.


Emerging technologies for Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) Communication

  • Machine-Readable Lane Marking Technology

    Machine-Readable Lane Marking Technology

    Bright and durable advanced lane markings work with automated vehicle sensors to detect lines outside the vision-based spectrum, improving lane detection and traffic safety in the most extreme weather conditions.

  • Smart Sign Technology

    Advanced Sign Technology

    Compatible with traditional signage, advanced signs are human- and machine- detectable for high readability so drivers and vehicles are able to better navigate and make decisions faster.

  • Wireless Communication Beacons and DSRC

    DSRC: Wireless Communication

    These can relay alerts without relying on vision-based systems.

    Real-time wireless messages are relayed before vision-based systems to communicate an upcoming work zone, adding a layer of redundancy to help identify potential safety hazards for workers and drivers.


Products for Intelligent Transportation Systems

  • 3M™ Diamond Grade™ DG³ Reflective Sign Sheeting– Series 4000

    3M Diamond Grade Reflective Sheeting can help improve human- and machine- readability. Highly efficient optics help it offer some of the industry's leading retroreflectivity, conspicuity and legibility.

  • 3M™ Stamark™ Wet Reflective, All-Weather Pavement Marking Tapes

    3M™ Stamark™ Pavement Marking Tapes can help improve human- and machine- readability with all-weather visibility, lasting retroreflectivity, and durability.

  • DSRC Sniffer for ITS

    3M™ DSRC Sniffer Test Tool

    Intelligent Transportation Services of the future will rely on DSRC 5.9 GHz for Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) and Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communication.


News for 3M Connected Roads

  • The quest to design a smarter road

    Discover 3M's work developing pavement markings with “wet reflectivity”, 3M’s smart code traffic signs, and the need for redundancy in the infrastructure for safety.

  • Paving the way for Connected Roads

    3M-hosted panel discussion on infrastructure focused on the need for an improved driving ecosystem to usher in the future of driving.

  • SAE: 3M enabling machine vision for self-driving vehicles

    Bright and durable advanced lane markings work with automated vehicle sensors to detect lines outside the vision-based spectrum, improving lane detection and traffic safety in some of the most extreme weather conditions.


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