Traffic data to make drivers aware in advance of any planned disruption to the roads is to be used as a method to reduce congestion and pollution, in new government plans.
The Department for Transport plans to give technology firms access to traffic data to allow them to help prevent future congestion
Artificial intelligence (AI) could be used to prevent traffic jams months in advance, thanks to new Government plans.
The DfT suggests this could allow tech companies to develop new navigation apps powered by AI, as well as update existing software, in order to warn drivers of planned disruption to the roads. The idea is that drivers will be offered alternative routes, allowing them to plan their journeys in advance with greater confidence.
The DfT is going to work with local authorities, as well as the connected and autonomous vehicle sector, to look at introducing legislation that will affect the changes necessary to open up the data. It comes at a time when there are an estimated 50,000 every year for the purposes of upgrading roads to improve factors such as eco-friendliness and safety.
The plans are part of the DfT’s Future of Mobility Grand Challenge, which offers companies the chance to apply for funding to develop new technologies that will improve the UK’s future transport infrastructure. The move is also expected to help with route-planning systems for , helping the UK in its aim of being a world leader in self-driving vehicle technology.
Artificial intelligence is becoming useful in an array of industries, and any means to reduce congestion and annoyance for drivers is surely a positive development in technology.