Severe steps and measures are being taken by the government to control the increasing traffic problems in the country and to avoid its consequences. The recent transformation and immediate adaptation of stricter traffic rules indicate towards the degree of seriousness the government has towards maintaining a safe and convenient environment for the public.
Amongst one of the busiest traffic incumbed cities in India, come Bangalore. In fact, it has the slowest traffic average speed of 18.7 kmph, as compared to any city in the country. To take a step in minimizing this, the city has decided to update all its 387 traffic signals with artificial intelligence in order to regulate traffic more efficiently.
The Cameras can Save You Time and Fuel
As per a statement from the Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) B R Ravikanthe Gowda, Bangalore will undergo installations of AI means in all its 387 traffic signals for better regulation of traffic.
The cameras installed will study the traffic density and decide on how much time to allow vehicles to clear a signal. These signals will be adaptive, while the AI units will calculate, assess and network with other signals automatically.
As of now, only 35 out of 387 of such signals are adaptive. A professor from the Indian Institute of Science believes that the traffic police lack technical knowledge, failing to determine the time required for the signal to change.
How will the System Work?
The new system enabled completely with the help of artificial intelligence units will calculate vehicle density and communicate the details to a central processing unit which in turn will decide the time required at each junction.
This countdown timer will serve 2 purposes: it’ll help save fuel, as the motorists can turn off their vehicles during the waiting time and it’ll give them an idea about when they can move.
The signals will be coordinated so that when the first signal is green, the 2nd should be green too, for uninterrupted movement. Changes in the volume of traffic must be observed and the signals upgraded every six months.
Changes in flow and pattern take
place when police implement a one-way or landscape changes. These changes must
be taken into consideration when setting the timing of signals.