New “smart” vest could save construction workers’ lives

BLACKSBURG (WSLS 10) – Technology could soon be on the market that would tell roadside workers when a car might hit them.

Virginia Tech and VDOT have teamed up to create a vest that can communicate with cars in the area.

Early tests show the vest can give workers a five to six-second warning of a possible collision with cars travelling less than 40 miles an hour.

The driver would also receive a warning on the dashboard.

The vest is part of the broader vehicle connectivity research that has been going on for several years.

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