PennDOT Trip Talk App Talks to Drivers About Construction Ahead

April 29, 2016



This spring the Pennsylvania Turnpike is rebuilding three miles of the Northeast Extension in Luzerne County. (yawn) And as they drive down the Northeast Extension, drivers are being notified of the construction through the usual methods – signs along the highway.

What's different now? Users of the turnpike's Trip Talk app are also part of pilot program – one that is transmitting live updates about the construction to their cars and into their phones.

"About a mile in advance they're actually going to tell you what's on the [signs] in real time," Amber Reimnitz, a project manager at the turnpike, said. "You'll be hearing it on your phone, so you can hopefully make a more educated decision. You'll actually get a notice in advance ... so you can be prepared."

Nick Malawskey's story, 'Ready For Self-Driving Technology?' discusses how Pennsylvania's DOT is setting the pace for vehicle communication technology and autonomous driving. The article includes a link to a video of Carnegie Mellon's Cadillac SRX driving autonomously from Cranberry, PA to Pittsburgh Int'l Airport.Read Malawskey's view of the future of driving here:

Source:; TripTalk