Government looks to AI to end bank holiday traffic jams

Written by Sam Trendall on 27 August 2019 in News
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DfT plans to release data on planned changes to the road network

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The government hopes that artificial intelligence technology could help end the scourge of holiday traffic jams.

The government is reviewing legislation related to traffic regulation orders (TROs) – which are put in place to allow for roadworks or reconstruction. The goal of the review is to open up data on TROs for use by tech firms.


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“Companies will potentially be able to develop and enhance navigational apps powered by AI, warning drivers up to months in advance of planned disruption to routes and offering alternatives to help save time and money,” the government said.

Introducing new legislation could allow for use of data related to the 50,000 road closures that take place in the UK each year, it added. This will not only help firms build applications to help drivers get around, but “could also help with route planning systems for self-driving vehicles”, according to the DfT.

Minister for the future of transport George Freeman said: “As a road user, there is nothing more frustrating than discovering roadworks and getting stuck in traffic jams. Today’s announcement will help open up data, reducing congestion, pollution and frustration for road users.”

 

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