Researchers from the University of Minnesota are in St. Peter using LiDAR technology measuring traffic flow.

LiDAR stands for Light Detection and Ranging, or light and radar, using lasers to determine the distance to an object.

The research group is using the technology to create algorithms to measure traffic patterns.

They came to St. Peter for help with their research, using the intersection of Washington and Broadway Avenues.

University of Minnesota Research Fellow Brian Davis says, "The reason that will be useful is that if we have a better idea of how our intersections are being utilized, than traffic engineers can use that data to make decision to improve intersections."

Davis says the intersection used today gave them a chance to measure normal traffic flow and the congestion caused by school getting out.

--KEYC News 12