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Artificial intelligence could make traffic jams a thing of the past 

Tech firms could get access to roadworks data in a bid to beat the queues.

Tom Harrison
Content writer
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posted 2 SEPTEMBER 2019

Drivers may be able to plan their journeys months in advance, thanks to plans to open up road data to tech companies.  
 
The Government is reviewing rules around Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) – the instruments that allow for temporary roadworks or permanent changes to the road. After this it wants to give tech companies easier access to data on the predicted 50,000 road closures each year.   
 
This will enable the development of AI (artificial intelligence)-powered apps that could warn drivers of planned disruption to routes months in advance. It could also make traffic app software easier to update. 
 
George Freeman, Minister for the Future of Transport, says: “As a road user, there is nothing more frustrating than discovering roadworks and getting stuck in traffic jams. 
 
“Today’s announcement will help open up data, reducing congestion, pollution and frustration for road users.” 
 
It’s also hoped that opening up TRO data could help with route-planning systems for self-driving vehicles. 
 
According to figures published by the European Commission, the average UK driver spent 45.73 hours in traffic in 2017 – putting the country at the top of the EU road congestion table.  

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