Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology is being embraced by the Department for Transport (DfT) in order to improve the condition of local roads and also make road users safer.
July has seen the government commit to a multi-million pound investment for local authorities across the land to bid for in order to solve their various road issues, easing congestion and fixing damaged highways to make journeys smoother and safer.
As part of this, innovative AI technology will be used, with £2 million awarded by the DfT to develop a complete and thorough understanding of road markings in Britain.
This AI technology will be key in helping the government to develop road safety measures; it will provide in-depth analysis on the quality of the approximately 100,000 miles of road.
By doing so, the DfT will get a clearer picture than ever before about where investment is needed on road markings, making roads safer.
Local authorities will then be advised where they could invest, the areas that require this most, therefore making some of the country’s busiest roads safer.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling explained the importance of the technology.
He said: “Road markings play a vital role in keeping everyone who is using the road safe, so making sure they’re up to standard is imperative.
“This funding will allow for advanced AI learning technology to assess the condition of the markings to improve the safety of our roads for all users.”
The threat of poor road markings cannot be underestimated, with cyclists, motorists and pedestrians all at risk.
Any with poor marking quality make it difficult for road users to distinguish where they can park on the side of the road, whether or not they can overtake, and how wide a lane is.
This lack of clarity can put road users at risk, but a stronger road map of where markings need to be improved will result in these issues being rectified, and safer roads.