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Smart Technologies for Traffic

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As traffic congestion in cities becomes a major challenge cities are turning to smart technology to improve the safety of roads and cut down on wasted energy. This helps motorists and passengers save time, reduces emissions and traffic jams.

The technology behind this is based on two main components: hardware and software. The first is the component that runs, and the second is the command and control center. Both are supported by advanced technology for processing and sensing which include ANPR (automotive license plate recognition) that records information about vehicles’ movements and can detect traffic signals.

Depending on the type of solution, smart traffic lights can process data on the device or transfer it to a cloud location. This is a way to perform more sophisticated analysis and modeling to reduce congestion in traffic and to harmonize public transport schedules. This way, they can cut average travel times by 25%, cut the wait times for signals by 40%, and decrease emissions by 20 percent according to Carnegie Mellon University.

In addition to cutting down on traffic signals’ control delays A smart traffic light system will also improve the flow of pedestrians as well as micromobility vehicles, such as electric scooters and ebikes. This is because they’re not able to follow traditional traffic signal preemption rules. In London, e-scooter accidents increased by 2800% in the first half of 2021. It is therefore crucial to include them in traffic light controls.

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