Wayne County snow plows get new technology

Plows installed with web-based live tracking system

DETROIT – Whether you're ready or not, it won't be long before we get that big snowfall.

But this season, the Wayne County Road Commission is introducing a new technology designed to make your commute through snow and ice more manageable.

It's called Compass, a web-based computer system, which offers access to road conditions straight from 148 trucks in the county's fleet. It's new, innovative, and allows you to keep an eye on Wayne County roads with a click of a mouse. 

"We think its cutting edge technology", said Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano.  

You'll be able to monitor how long salt trucks and snow plows have been out on the road, even see which roads have been treated. On top of that, 18 trucks will have a camera inside, allowing you to watch the salt trucks every move, from the comfort your own home. 

"You'll be able to see everything we do, if your road is wet or not, it makes it easier for the driver," said Tim Roberts, who's been a salt truck driver for 24 years.

Compass is the first system of it's kind in metro Detroit and one of the first in the U.S.

To watch a live feed of the Wayne County trucks, click here.