UK Transport department to use AI to avoid traffic jams

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UK’s Department of Transport is planning to use the technology of Artificial Intelligence to prevent traffic jams months in advance. It is being done by allowing the technology firms like Google Maps an access to traffic data and roadblocks and repairs in advance to prevent future congestion.

As per the new Traffic Regulation orders issued by the Department of Transport(DfT), authorities will be allowed to share data related to roadway changes, temporary shutdowns, and others such works with technology firms. And this is where companies will gain access to such data to make their navigational tools backed up by AI assist daily road commuters.

The idea is to allow the drivers to choose the best possible route to their destinations which prevents traffic jams to take place on inner roads and highways.

Note- On average, the UK witnesses over 50,000 road closures every year for up-gradation or improvement purposes.

To encourage companies in developing more navigational technologies, the DfT is offering a Future of Mobility Grand Challenge where businesses can apply for funding to develop innovations for UK’s Future Transport Infrastructure.

For every road user, there is nothing much frustrating than experiencing a road jam due to road works or other reasons. And this is where the government of the UK is opening up data to technology firms to reduce congestion, pollution, and hard work for road users.