6 Technology Innovations That Are Changing The Face Of Traffic Management

By Cory Maki Cory Maki has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team
Published on August 9, 2022

Both large and small urban areas frequently experience all-day traffic backups and notably lengthier commuting times. Every community that wants to become smart must first address these issues since these impact the average person the most. With the help of all-in-one violation detection systems and cameras that collect high-resolution, full-color video even in the darkest lighting conditions, digital technologies are giving cities new chances to relieve congestion and speed up incident responses. 

Here are some genuinely “smart” methods and technologies used in urban areas to combat crowding and ease traffic congestion. These apply to all sizes of communities and have already been used with success by numerous local governments.

Pedestrian Traffic Monitoring:

Authorities in smart city management commonly assume that traffic is only clogged up by vehicles. When ignored, pedestrian traffic can be extremely dangerous. Cities like Las Vegas and Los Angeles are employing V2I technology to monitor pedestrian movement and divert car traffic as a result of realizing this. The information gathered can also improve traffic lights and make roads safer. 

Digitized ITS Infrastructure:

New possibilities are being offered by digital technology solutions to lessen traffic congestion as well as to increase road safety. To provide a 360-degree perspective of traffic conditions, data is collected and processed from various sources, including roadside cameras and sensors. 

Traffic officials and municipal planners can utilize the obtained insights to improve the layout of road networks and determine where to focus their efforts in new road construction. Traffic officers can also use real-time data on incidents and traffic to improve emergency team dispatch.

Parking Spaces And Tickets:

The lack of parking spots is primarily to blame for the worsening of traffic congestion in urban areas. Extending parking restrictions outside the city center and creating intelligent parking zones are the best ways to reduce congestion. 

Additionally, apps such as the WinIt app allow people with traffic tickets to contest their tickets without leaving their houses. Through the app, users may communicate with and get updates from their attorneys without having to meet them in person, which also helps reduce traffic congestion.

Drones For City Management:

Drones are among the best solutions to relieve traffic congestion. Most jobs that formerly required inspectors or city authorities to go in vehicles can now be completed using drone cameras. The number of trucks and buses on the road can be significantly reduced, especially during rush hours, in smart cities that use drones to complete most inspection chores. 

All-in-one Devices For Speeding:

Cities all across the world struggle with traffic because of excessive speeding. However, spotting cars over the speed limit normally calls for a concerted effort from several tools, most often a traffic camera, a radar, and an additional light. The most recent trend is to combine these three functions into a single device to increase simplicity, save prices, and relieve strain on roadside mount places. 

Traffic Light Optimization:

Traffic light operations in big cities and tiny towns can be managed with clever programming and digitization. Road capacity can be swiftly increased if traffic signals operate optimally and react to demand in real-time. Additionally, intelligent traffic signals can be programmed to react correctly to conditions like gridlock or blockage or synchronized to the movement of larger vehicles. 

Final Thoughts:

Effective round-the-clock monitoring with the capacity to consistently spot and respond to traffic offenses is required to improve traffic conditions and road safety. These cost-effective, long-term solutions are ideal for even the most congested areas and require little investment. To make urban roadways smooth for travelers at all hours of the day, governments must integrate IoT, AI, and digitization to respond quickly to a crisis.

By Cory Maki Cory Maki has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team

Cory Maki is a former Staff Editor and the Business Development Manager at Grit Daily.

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