Google wants to make road traffic more fluid thanks to artificial intelligence
Google wants to make road traffic more fluid thanks to artificial intelligence. Already tested in Israel on four major arteries of the city, this AI has reduced fuel consumption and waiting time by 10 to 20%. Google hopes to be able to offer this technology in other cities soon.
As you may know, Google has made an appointment with users this Wednesday, October 6, 2021 on the occasion of the Sustainable with Google. During this event, the Mountain View firm presented its various actions and projects in favor of the environment. The company notably announced the display of the least polluting routes on Google Maps, as well as the complete overhaul of the navigation system for cyclists.
In addition, Google’s search engine will now present results related to ecology. Let’s say if you are looking to buy a car, Google will take the opportunity to also offer you the hybrid or electric version of the model in question. Apart from these various improvements to Google services focused on ecology, the web giant presented another project.
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Google is developing an AI to optimize traffic
Indeed, Google has developed artificial intelligence dedicated to optimizing the operation of traffic lights, the aim being to make traffic more fluid, to reduce the waiting time for motorists at intersections, and by extension to reduce the environmental impact of the successive decelerations and acceleration of vehicles. In short, the AI in question is able to analyze “with precise traffic conditions and the timing of traffic lights at most intersections in cities around the world ”.
As the Google teams explain, this AI was tested in Israel on four particularly busy arteries of Haifa and Beer-Sheva. “So far we have seen a 10-20% reduction in fuel consumption and waiting time at intersections ”, they detail.
Confident in its artificial intelligence, Google announced that its teams would proceed to additional tests in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, before a possible deployment in other metropolises. “Early research indicates that AI can help cities make their traffic lights more efficient, making every journey greener, regardless of the car ”, Google concludes.