New smart traffic technologies use artificial intelligence (AI) to warn drivers about the presence of pedestrians and other vehicles.
Taipei-based industrial computer manufacturing company Avalue Technology has partnered with the Industrial Development Bureau at Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs to develop a range of traffic management solutions for deployment in Taoyuan City.
They include an AI recognition system for road junctions where there are no traffic signals. A warning message will appear on an LED screen when pedestrians are crossing the road, to help reduce road accidents. When vehicles are detected on the main road, LED screens on branch roads warn of approaching vehicles at the junction and remind drivers to reduce their speed.
On local bus services, Avalue is installing on-board diagnostics allowing operators to monitor the status and location of their bus fleets, and even record driving behaviour to help provide passengers with safer journeys.
Meanwhile, an AI detection system installed at bus bays and no-parking/red-line zones will detect and record traffic violations – reinforcing the public’s compliance with traffic rules and reducing traffic congestion. Dedicated short-range communication is also used to control traffic signals when an ambulance is passing a junction, preventing the need for ambulances to go through red lights. This helps to improve traffic safety and ensure the emergency services make their journey as quickly as possible.
Avalue is looking to extend its smart traffic management systems to other smart cities, and said it can provide customised solutions to meet different cities’ needs with same requirement for traffic management: reduce traffic accidents and congestion, and improve road safety and compliance with traffic rules.