Unique Tie-Up: This Indian City Collaborates With Google To Ease Traffic Congestion
Bengaluru: In a first of its kind, an Indian city has tied up with a global tech giant to tackle the serious traffic situation.
Struggling to cope with the massive traffic challenge, Bengaluru traffic police has collaborated with Google in a bid to ease the growing problem.
“We are proud to be partnered with Google to work on reducing traffic congestion and easy management of traffic in the city. This will impact millions of commuters in their daily life, in a better way. We have recently started a pilot project with Google to optimize the traffic lights configuration. This has already reduced signal waiting time for commuters,” Bengaluru Police Commissioner Pratap Reddy informed.
Explaining how it will work, the police commissioner said they are trying to use inputs from Google in every traffic issue in the city.
“Google uses artificial intelligence to track driving trends in the city and it will recommend a revised plan for a day for traffic police. As per data provided by Google, on average, this has already reduced the 20% of wait time for commuters on the road. Not just the time, this will also save fuel and avoid unnecessary traffic congestion in the city” Reddy stated.
He further intimated that most of the city’s traffic signals will soon be optimized by this technology.
“At least one crore vehicles in the city will see the impact soon. Google will also show us real-time live road closures across the city so that the commuters can keep informed about the disruption. We also launched speed limits on Google maps and this will help us to deal with overspeeding vehicles in the city, digitally,” the commissioner added.