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​Toll road from San Antonio to Austin turns to tech for safety

EO59 and highway operators partnered up to use satellites for roadway maintenance. (SH 130 Concession Company)

Satellite technology could make your next trip between Austin and San Antonio a little easier.


A tech startup known as EO59 will have satellites pass over the increasingly popular SH 130 toll road between Austin and the Alamo City every six days to monitor roadway maintenance conditions.

By providing measurements on more than 30,000 points along the roadway, the concession company operating the southern section of the highway boasts that the satellites will evaluate roadway conditions with millimeter accuracy.

Doug Wilson, CEO of SH 130 Concession Company, said it’s a proactive approach that will allow issues to be addressed before it impacts safety or ride quality.

“The Austin-San Antonio corridor is booming, and SH 130 will be increasingly important as more people and goods move through the region. It’s imperative that we continue to implement innovative solutions that keep SH 130 a safe and predictable route for many years to come.”

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