Smart Technologies for Traffic

As congestion in the city is a major issue, cities are turning to advanced technologies for traffic management to increase road safety and decrease wasted energy. Apart from that, it will help save time for both passengers and drivers and lowers emissions. It also helps reduce traffic jams.

The technology behind it is built on both software and hardware. The first is the subcomponent which executes, while the second is the command and control centre. Both are supported by advanced sensors and processing techniques that include ANPR (automotive license plate recognition) which collects data on the vehicles’ movements, and also detect traffic signals.

Depending on which solution is utilised, data may be processed on device using smart traffic lights or sent to a cloud. This is a way to perform more sophisticated analysis and modeling to reduce traffic congestion and align the schedules of public transport. This way, they can cut average travel times by 25%, cut down signal wait times by 40%, and decrease emissions by 20% according to Carnegie Mellon University.

In addition to cutting down on the time it takes to control traffic signals A smart traffic light system could also improve the flow of pedestrians as well as micromobility vehicles such as electric scooters and ebikes. This is because they’re typically not able comply with traditional traffic signal preemption rules. In London the number of accidents involving e-scooters increased by 2800% in the first half 2021. It is therefore important to include them in traffic lights controls.

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