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The Transurban Smart Highways Challenge

1776 and Transurban launched the Smart Highways Challenge & Innovation Lab to identify solutions to improve the roads and networks Transurban manages. Six startups with new technologies and business models were selected to participate in the Lab’s three-month incubation program, working hand-in-hand with Transurban to improve their products and take their startups to the next level.

Anatrope — Passively, remotely, and uniquely identifies a vehicle without any hardware being added to the CAN bus or to the vehicle itself.

Brisk Synergies — Detects near misses on the road to predict future collision rates using computer vision.

Mogol, Inc — Connects city and Department of Transportation traffic managers directly to vehicles so that they can actively manage traffic and see the response in real time.

NoTraffic — Smart traffic management solution that allows agencies to improve their traffic in a seamless and cost-effective way.

REVMAX — Builds demand forecasting tools for vehicle fleets to improve transit efficiency.

Valerann — Enables roads to sense the traffic environment, report to control centers, communicate with drivers and support autonomous vehicles – for free.

The Transurban Innovation Lab will culminate in a demo day, where the entrepreneurs will present their companies and the progress they’ve made throughout the cohort period. Demo day may also provide a chance for the startups to secure future partnerships or investments from Transurban.

The participating startups each received $25,000 and travel and housing expenses to relocate to Northern Virginia, to spend three months as part of the Transurban Innovation Lab in 1776’s Crystal City campus.

About the Transurban Innovation Lab

The Transurban Innovation Lab will take place at 1776’s Crystal City campus in Northern Virginia over the course of 90 days. Throughout the program, the startups will further develop and test their products and work with transportation experts as well as mentors and staff from 1776 and Transurban to grow and scale their companies. This unique location gives startups proximity to some of Transurban’s highest-profile assets, including the 495 and 95 Express Lanes in Northern Virginia. Applications to the Transurban Innovation Lab are now closed.

About Transurban

Transurban is an infrastructure investor and long-term operator of urban toll road networks in the U.S. and Australia. The company follows a unique model designed to align with government and citizen needs in congested metropolitan regions. Transurban’s strategy includes anticipating government and customer needs as changes affect transportation and transportation policy decisions.

Transurban’s 15 road networks impact millions of drivers — its two U.S. roads make up more than 40 miles of express lanes in the Washington, D.C. area, one of the nation’s most congested markets, with over 3.5 million customers. To manage congestion, the Express Lanes use dynamic tolling that adjusts in price based on demand.

The Express Lanes are dynamically tolled lanes that operate on I-495 and I-95 in Northern Virginia to provide customers with faster and more predictable travel options. The 495 and 95 Express Lanes connect seamlessly so travelers can enjoy uninterrupted travel from Stafford to Tysons. Dynamic pricing means tolls on the Express Lanes change as needed to keep the Lanes free-flowing. Sensors alongside the road monitor traffic levels and speed and toll prices adjust to maintain free-flowing conditions in the Lanes — even during peak times — to provide value to customers. The Express Lanes also have dedicated incident management systems, such as closed-circuit surveillance cameras, traffic sensors and video-based incident detection that quickly identify incidents on the Lanes and notify dedicated incident response crews. Find out more about how the Express Lanes work here.

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