On Monday, The Ray’s smart dot was recognized as a finalist for Fast Company’s 2018 World Changing Ideas Awards in the transportation category.
The Ray sent a press release on the recognition Tuesday. Its smart road dots are slated to be placed on roadways across Troup County — with plans for areas around the world later — in the same location where reflective dots currently are on roads. The smart road dots will warn drivers of hazards like black ice, heavy fog and accidents.
“What we’ve done is game-changing,” said John Picard, vice president of The Ray and co-lead on the project. “No one expects the road itself to be smart. And not only that but through color, we’ve given the road a way to communicate to all drivers. Real-time Information is key with the smart road dot, and it’s going to save lives.”