The power and influence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) could be the difference when trying to ease congestion for motorists and businesses.
Apps could be developed that will ultimately help motorists enjoy quicker and much easier journeys around bank holidays and other times when motorways are particularly busy.
The government is planning to open up data on planned changes to the road network; crucially, by doing so, it will allow road users to be informed well in advance of any potential traffic jams.
Tech firms could have access to this data very soon through a review of legislation surrounding Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) – these are orders behind restrictions on the network that allow for temporary or permanent road changes.
Thanks to the data, companies could develop and enhance apps so that motorists and businesses are warned of planned disruption to routes, offering them alternatives to save both time and money, as well as ultimately reducing congestion.
These apps will be powered by AI.
The government is working with local authorities and the Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) sector to introduce legislation so that it is easier to access data that highlights the approximate 50,000 road closures each year.
It will build on the government’s aims to make travelling greener and cleaner, as well as safer and more reliable.
George Freeman is the Minister for the Future of Transport. He explained what this announcement will help to provide.
“As a road user, there is nothing more frustrating than discovering roadworks and getting stuck in traffic jams.
“(The) announcement will help open up data, reducing congestion, pollution and frustration for road users.”
Air pollution is also a huge part of the need to ease congestion, and by doing the latter, the risk of collisions will decrease, ensuring a safety measure, something that has been long since called for.