Transport for NSW using AI to tackle congestion

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Wednesday, 08 December, 2021

Transport for NSW using AI to tackle congestion

Transport for NSW is conducting a new trial, believed to be a world first, involving using artificial intelligence and edge computing technology to reduce congestion.

The agency has partnered with Cisco to explore ways to use technology to improve the experience for commuters, travellers and public transport users.

“We’ve partnered with Cisco to investigate how a real-time view of vehicle supply and customer demand, and performance, can guide future network decisions and monitor road conditions to identify where repair work is needed,” NSW Minister for Transport and Roads Rob Stokes said.

As part of one trial, Transport for NSW is using AI, Wi-Fi and edge computing on Pitt St near Central Station to capture real-time data and identify high-risk events.

Road user movements are also being tracked at several intersections in Newcastle, using intelligent sensors to help improve overall road safety.

Another trial involves connecting several buses, ferries and light rail vehicles, and then using real-time data to help identify ways to improve the services.

“Buses fitted with this technology can also monitor asset and road conditions, and provide us with real-time information on vehicles,” Stokes said.

Cisco is providing a number of technologies for the trial, including IoT, edge computing, AI and other capabilities. Cisco and Transport for NSW have an existing partnership aimed at using technology to solve pressing and common transport problems.

Image credit: © Gorlin

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