Santa Cruz uses augmented reality to engage public on transportation

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This is a view inside an augmented-reality OWL viewer provided to help Santa Cruz residents become informed about transportation options in their community. Source: Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation CommissionThis is a view inside an augmented-reality OWL viewer provided to help Santa Cruz residents become informed about transportation options in their community. Source: Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission

Santa Cruz County residents are being offered a fun way to view potential transportation options for their communities with augmented reality technology.

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission has stationed viewers in the county where residents can look inside to see transportation and land-use options that address such things as improving use of streets through bicycle, pedestrian and transit facilities.

Participants can provide feedback through a survey on the viewer, and each visual will also be accessible through an app at sccrtc.org/vis.

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission says the goal of the program, called the Visualizing Sustainable Transportation project, “is to enhance public engagement and dialogue of complex transportation and land-use concepts.”