Orlando startup wins grant to develop traffic lights that ‘talk’ to self-driving cars

An Orlando-based company believes everyday traffic infrastructure can be tweaked to accommodate self-driving vehicles — and it just won government funds to prove it. 

Connected Wise LLC is part of a team that won $3.5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to create a communications system between traffic infrastructure and self-driving vehicles. The DoE on July 28 awarded $60 million to dozens of projects aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions in cars and trucks. 

The grant will accelerate…