This September, Milton Keynes will see an innovative change to help traffic management. Innovative smart lights will be installed using a network of 2,500 cameras along the roadsides. The cameras, using artificial intelligence ( AI), will be installed along approximately 50 square miles of the Milton Keynes area. These cameras help the light by scanning the traffic to notice different vehicle types, whether an automobile, a bus or a cyclist.
What is truly astounding is that these smart lights assist with traffic management in such an intelligent way. Once they see a high volume of bicycles, buses or ambulances for example, the light will remain green a bit longer than the average time.
When the cameras are first put into place, they will be used initially to give a live traffic jam map of the area and also to display available parking spaces. Once the system has gathered data for 12 months, it will be put into place to assist with traffic management in the town. These cameras are the first stage of a £3 million project. The Department of Business is serious about its efforts to improve traffic congestion, investing £1.7 million into the project to help cities in Britain improve using the advanced technology.
The lights have been created by Vivacity Labs and will assist first in the Milton Keynes area and then throughout London if all goes well. They help to lower congestion and make traffic move smoothly, something that a large city, such as London considers of critical importance. One change they are thinking of making to the system is to avoid the right-turn phase in the light cycle, but only if no cars are waiting to turn. Being able to customize the traffic lights, according to the traffic that is there – in real time – is such an exciting use of today’s technological advances.
London’s roads have unfortunately become more congested in recent time. Commuters for work, and people simply travelling through the city have become quite savvy about this. Many have opted either for taking the city bus or riding a bicycle. Nevertheless, the congestion has still remained high and a real challenge for many getting around the city or traveling into it or out of London.
It is a unique opportunity, having these ‘smart’ lights that can adapt to the subtle changes in London’s traffic. Whether the traffic of that hour is busy or lighter. Or if there are more buses and vehicles that the lights determine require a longer green light. This will help avoid congestion in one of the largest and well-developed cities of the world. It will assist people who work, go to school and simply travel through the city have a much smoother commute to and from their destination – with a little thanks to AI technology.