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Flowing switch


Hidden cities are being uncovered deep within the rainforest.

Yet somehow our traffic lights don’t recognise queues of vehicles due to fixed programming and induction loops.

Now, a German research team specialising in industrial automation hopes to change all that. In a test project at one junction high resolution cameras and radar technology capture the number of vehicles present.

Algorithms were created based on traffic volume during rush hour. Using real-time information, the AI now learns to switch the lights so that waiting times and traffic flow are improved, leading to reduced CO2 and noise pollution.

A second project focuses on pedestrian safety and, in particular, people with limited mobility.

Those with visual impairments are already covered.

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