Report – UK to deploy AI smart traffic lights image

The so-called “smart” street lights will be introduced in the town of Milton Keynes in 2018 as the authorities are looking at using artificial intelligence systems in a bid to try and reduce congestion rates.

The city is spending £3 million to deploy the technology that should detect congestion on its own and then change the traffic light sequences to help vehicles keep moving. For now, the traffic lights can only be asked to prioritize roads that are traditionally busier than others at certain time intervals. The AI traffic lights – which should reflect changing traffic conditions, have been developed locally by London-based urban mobility company Vivacity Labs. “There is very limited intelligence to the current management of urban roads,” commented chief technology officer Yang Lu. “Traffic lights are sequenced but rarely reactive to the levels of traffic around them. Traffic monitoring is still done manually.”

The traffic lights will need more than 2,500 cameras around Milton Keynes to keep tabs on the traffic levels, and then “the AI camera accurately identifies and reports road usage, removing the need for cumbersome manual interpretation and significantly reducing the potential for human error.” In the future the technology could be taken a step further – by allowing it to communicate with connected and autonomous cars, and thus bringing road status updates directly inside the car.

Via The Telegraph