By Jung Joori and Kim Hwaya
Four ministries through 2023 will jointly pursue the development of a smart road lighting platform to prevent traffic accidents and boost driver and pedestrian safety.
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, the Ministry of Science and ICT, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, and the Ministry of the Interior and Safety announced on April 1 that their project will install smart lighting with sensors that monitor potential dangers on roads. They will also conduct empirical studies with a budget of KRW 26 billion.
Sensors on streetlamps will collect information on traffic volume, accidents, debris and icy roads through the internet of things. In addition, the devices will send digital signals to vehicles, traffic lights and crosswalks to alert drivers or pedestrians of potential danger.
For example, if a vehicle exceeding the speed limit appears late at night, smart lighting installed on the road sends a signal to the crosswalk and turns on LED lights to alert pedestrians in the area. If the vehicle fails to slow down, a smart lighting sensor turns the traffic light to red.
The Land Ministry said the four ministries will develop a smart streetlamp and build a testbed from 2022-23 to test its performance and effects.
"We expect this to be an opportunity to create various added value with this test application as a Korean standard for a smart road lighting platform," the ministry added.