Driving in and around cities has become one of the largest problems of our time. The varying nature of busy roads and cities is difficult to predict. It fluctuates with changes in human behaviour, road conditions, time of day, weather and traffic accidents, providing myriad conditions and with many possible outcomes.
But because of its abilities to analyse vast amounts of information quickly, AI is being tested to keep traffic flowing more smoothly by taking control of traffic signals, predicting accidents and forecasting potential snarl-ups. New ways of responding to crashes, controlling traffic lights and creating diversions are being researched to keep traffic moving.
With recent work on Smart motorways taking place throughout the UK, we have seen highway agencies using drones, sensors and predictive AI technology in a bid to avoid bottlenecks and keep traffic flowing nationwide.
As this technology and that of autonomous vehicles develops and becomes more integrated, the prospect of jams becoming a distant memory is a very real possibility.