Carma app, detect passengers for automatic HOV-lane toll refunds

Drivers in North Texas could soon use an app to qualify for HOV lanes and receive a toll refund.

Using a system called VeriRide, the Carma app automatically counts each person in a vehicle who has the app downloaded on his or her phone as an occupant when traveling the high-occupancy vehicle lanes on toll roads.

“Current methods of manual enforcement are unsafe, contribute to network degradation  and erode public trust in lanes that are intended be premium lanes that serve as a faster alternative to general purpose lanes,” says Carma’s website. “Carma’s VeriRide technology removes the high risk of road side enforcement and changes the focus from enforcement to verification in the most intuitive hands-off way that technology allows.”

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