Smart Technologies for Traffic

As congestion in urban areas is a major issue cities are turning to advanced technologies to improve road safety and reduce wasted energy. This helps passengers and drivers save time, lowers emissions and decreases traffic congestion.

The technology behind this is based on two principal elements: Hardware and software. The first is the subcomponent that runs, and the second is the command and control centre. Both are equipped with the latest technology for sensing and processing like ANPR (automotive plate recognition), which captures data about vehicles’ movements and is able to detect road signs.

Depending on the software utilised, data may be processed on-device by smart traffic lights, or sent to cloud. This type of solution allows for more sophisticated modeling and analysis to reduce traffic congestion and coordinate schedules of public transport. This way, they can cut average travel times by 25%, cut the time between signals by 40%, and cut down on 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 will also improve the flow of pedestrians and micromobility vehicles like electric bikes and e-scooters. This is due to the fact that they’re not able to follow traditional traffic signal preemption rules. In London, for example the number of crashes involving e-scooters increased by 2800% during the first second quarter of 2021. therefore it is vital to incorporate them into traffic light controls.

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