Google wants to use AI to time traffic lights more efficiently

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FILE PHOTO: May 8, 2019, A sign is erected outside the Google office near its headquarters in Mountain View, California, United States. Reuters / Paresh Dave

October 6, 2021

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(Reuters) – Alphabet Inc.’s Google uses artificial intelligence to optimize signal lights to reduce fuel use and traffic delays by 10% to 20% in four locations in Israel, followed by Rio de Janeiro Uses software. The company said it plans to conduct the test on Wednesday. ..

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Based on early results in Haifa and Beer Sheva, Israel, local transport authorities in Rio de Janeiro have expressed high hopes that AI will improve the timing of traffic light changes. Reuters said the system should be deployed within a few months and the location would be announced soon.

Alexander Stevanovic, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, said the simulations show that AI can smooth the flow of traffic. But he wondered whether a technology company without transportation engineering expertise could eventually implement such software.

“Every year there are new people who claim we can be surprised,” he said.

(Reporting by Paresh Dave, Additional reporting by Pedro Fonseca in Rio de Janeiro, Edited by Stephen Coates)


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