Nanny City NYC Tests High-Tech Jungle: Microwave Sensors, Cams, Scans

What if you could fix a traffic tie up with a push of a button?

It might be just wishful thinking or it could become reality under a new high-tech traffic monitoring system unveiled by Mayor Michael Bloomberg — optimistically called “Midtown in motion.”

Traffic engineers in the city’s new high-tech Traffic Management Center don’t look like wizards, but they may have the ability to make traffic congestion disappear, reports CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.

“This system is about to take a quantum leap forward,” Bloomberg said Monday.

WCBS 880′s Peter Haskell reports: City Testing New Way To Ease Traffic

The new program is sort of big brother-ish. An array of new traffic monitoring gear, including microwave sensors, traffic video cameras and E-ZPass readers will be used to measure traffic volume at 23 intersections. The technology will allow traffic experts to spot traffic tie-ups or unusual congestion and then do something about it.

NYC TESTS HIGH-TECH JUNGLE: MICROWAVE SENSORS, CAMS, SCANS.

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