People who live in Britain’s cities are fed up with congestion and believe that smart city technology could improve traffic flow and commuting times.
That’s according to a new report from ATG Access, a company that supplies bollards, vehicle barriers and road blockers.
Almost two-thirds (65%) of the 1,000 city-dwellers surveyed said they are frustrated with the levels of congestion in their city. Londoners were the most frustrated with traffic levels (76%), followed by people in the South East (74%) and the South West (68%).
Asked what solutions could combat the issue, three quarters (75%) said they would like to see the implementation of smart traffic lights to respond in real-time to the volume of traffic on the roads. Another two-thirds (67%) expressed a strong desire for better traffic light control measures during busier times.
More traditional forms of easing traffic flow scored less well, with just 37% of those surveyed wanting to see more parking restrictions on busy roads and 40% wanting dedicated cycling and bus lanes during busy times.
The research also demonstrated the public’s appetite for investment in smart measures: over half (57%) of those surveyed said they would be happy for a portion of their tax contributions to go towards smart traffic lights in their city.
Commenting on the findings, ATG Access managing director Gavin Hepburn said: “Our research has found a clear public desire for smart traffic control measures, which could ease the daily commute for millions of travellers every day.
“Smart city concepts such as responsive traffic flow measures – ranging from smart traffic lights, to programmable smart bollard systems which control traffic – can drive efficiency and drastically cut commuter times. Not only does this have the potential to save the economy £9bn a year, measures such as these can also dramatically improve a city’s level of air quality.”