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Developing AI for Traffic Signals

How far have we come, & what next?

Three years ago, we embarked on a three-year programme to develop an AI-based traffic signals optimisation system. We, Vivacity Labs, partnered with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and Immense Simulations for this Innovate UK co-funded project to build and trial a solution

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Three years ago, we embarked on a three-year programme to develop an AI-based traffic signals optimisation system. We, Vivacity Labs, partnered with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and Immense Simulations for this Innovate UK co-funded project to build and trial a solution which uses AI to optimise traffic networks.

Along the way, we have presented our progress at the past two JCT conferences. Last year, we were excited to share that we had successfully deployed the system to three junctions in Greater Manchester. This year, we are rounding out this three-part series by sharing some of our key achievements of the past year, summarising our overall learnings, and discussing our further development and commercialisation plans.

Our results from real-world trials have proven that AI can be used to improve on existing systems by up to 30%. We are scaling up these demonstrations, and expect to quantify this more precisely and thoroughly in future, but these initial results are extremely promising.

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