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Photonics in Transportation

Photonics Spectra
Apr 1997
A Safer Bridge in a Shrinking World Photonic technologies are changing the way we travel across land and sea.

R. Winn Hardin, Senior News Editor

Since the 1980s, the world’s burgeoning population has forced many governments to realize that they must build more efficient transportation systems or fail to meet the needs of a modern citizenry. The problem is simply defined: you can only cram so much activity into a transportation system without exponentially increasing the inherent dangers.
The solution is to make a smarter system that moves more people, faster without sacrificing safety. And it’s to that end that photonic technologies are finding a wide range of primary and supporting roles in the quest to develop a cost effective intelligent transportation systems (ITS)…


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