Google’s AI has learned how to control traffic lights in order to reduce emissions into the atmosphere
Google wants to transfer traffic management to artificial intelligence in order to protect the environment. The fact is that unreasonable downtime of cars with internal combustion engines at regulated intersections leads to unnecessary fuel burning and increased emissions into the atmosphere. To fix the problem, it is necessary to optimize the time for cars to pass through intersections, for which traffic lights control should be transferred to artificial intelligence.
All intersections are different, traffic is constantly changing, there cannot be a single scheme – that’s why we need an AI that will analyze the situation and continuously learn. Perhaps it is worth installing a personal system for each traffic light, or immediately add the corresponding global option to the architecture of the “smart city”. The project was launched in partnership with the municipalities of Haifa, Beersheba and the Israeli National Road Company, and the first four intersections have already become test zones.
According to the Israeli side, they are already observing an acceleration of the passage of intersections with AI by 10-20%, and a proportional reduction in emissions. Google promises to develop a similar solution for Rio de Janeiro soon. So far, the company does not explain how AI will integrate into the work of road services, how it will ensure the safety of crossing intersections and whether it will create a new vulnerability for hackers.