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Australia to start testing smart traffic control system

One of the busiest roads on Nicholson Street in Carlton will be equipped with a smart traffic management system to prevent congestion. The technology is being developed by the University of Melbourne, Austrian technology firm Kapsch TrafficCom and the Victorian Department of Transport.

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Intelligent Corridor is a small-scale deployment of the world’s first AI-enhanced traffic optimization system that can ultimately scale to manage city-wide traffic

The smart system will use sensors from AIMES (Australian Integrated Multimodal Ecosystem), cloud AI, machine learning algorithms, predictive models and real-time data collection to prevent congestion and ensure overall safety for all road users. Its installation will take place over the next three years.

“The Smart Corridor will become a model for cities around the world to reduce costs associated with urban congestion. According to the Australian Infrastructure Audit Report 2019, heavy traffic congestion costs the Australian economy $16.5 billion a year due to major transport delays,” said Professor Majid Sarvi, Director of AIMES and Professor of Transport Engineering at the University of Melbourne.

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