Australia already controls its traffic with artificial intelligence

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Nobody likes it wait at traffic lights, and there are already those who are betting on a more intelligent and connected mobility. One of Melbourne’s busiest roads, Nicholson Street, will implement the “Smart Corridor”, the most advanced traffic management system available today. Connected vehicles, sensors everywhere and the presence of artificial intelligence on the road.

Reduce emissions and accidents. improve road safety and decongest traffic is the main objective. It seeks to base the vehicle circulation system on a connected platform. Something similar to the DGT 3.0 that is sought in Spain, although putting the focus on the road more than on the drivers.

Connected vehicles and pedestrians. The technological deployment overwhelms. Corridor-wide sensors, machine learning models, real-time data capture to improve traffic management, and strong cloud support. Traffic lights that turn green if no cars pass, air quality monitors, messages to drivers if a pedestrian passes in one of their blind spots.

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Communication is via Bluetooth and, through the platform’s own APIs, drivers can be informed in real time about traffic conditions via text messages.

A 2.5 kilometer stretch. Limited in space, but not in functions, in its testing phase for three years. The aim is to massively expand this system throughout Melbourne, which aims to be one of the first cities with connected traffic. The rest will follow, sooner rather than later.

why so slow. 2022 and we cannot explain why connected tracks are not the norm, why we are implementing everything so slowly. In Spain we have been thinking about doing it since 2018. The challenge is not easy: private drivers, emergency services, public transport, car manufacturers, different legislations depending on the country are involved.

The implementation requires a colossal investment, as well as a powerful network that manages to connect, with little margin for error, drivers and pedestrians. Proposals are on the table, with Qualcomm, Vodafone or Fordamong others, betting on connected mobility.

You are part of the road, and that is public. With these systems there is no margin of error in radars. Neither resources if you get a ticket for speeding. Your mobile and your car are connected to the road and the information is sent to the cloud in real time. Privacy goes into the background, the price for being part of this connected whole.

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Nobody likes it wait at traffic lights, and there are already those who are betting on a more intelligent and…

Nobody likes it wait at traffic lights, and there are already those who are betting on a more intelligent and…

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