The use of new navigational apps powered by artificial intelligence (AI) could play a crucial role in keeping our roads more traffic-free in the future.
Indeed, it could come far sooner than you might think, as the government now plans to open up information on bank holiday travel patterns to tech companies to help in the design of innovative new systems to tackle congestion.
AI could be key to congestion problem-solving
Minister for the future of transport George Freeman said: “As a road user, there is nothing more frustrating than discovering roadworks and getting stuck in traffic jams.
“Today’s announcement will help open up data, reducing congestion, pollution and frustration for road users.”
The scheme will see tech providers able to access planned changes to the UK’s road network and any associated traffic management schemes or roadworks that will be needed as a result.
This information will then be taken into account by the AI to predict future traffic volumes and patterns of travel across the country for months in advance.
Motorists will then be able to use this information to plan their journeys more effectively and to cut out parts of their route where they can see it is likely to be congested, saving them time and stress.
Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “Technology could hold the key to safer, stress-free journeys in the future, so it’s great to see the government taking the initiative to pursue innovative uses of new technologies like AI.”
Posted on 5th September 2019
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