No more ‘jams’ in the city?
Traffic congestion is generally a major issue in most cities around the world, with increased use of vehicles on the roads. Still, smart technologies have started to transform the way people move around in cities.
Take Singapore as an example, real-time traffic data on bus arrivals, taxi availability, traffic conditions and carpark spaces are shared with residents to help manage, or even avoid traffic congestions.
Crowding issues on buses have been reduced by 92%5. Going forward, Singapore is also looking to adjust traffic light timings and provide traffic light priority for buses, allowing shortened wait and travel times.
Continuing advancements of autonomous driving technology are making good progress in improving the safety of semi-autonomous vehicles on the roads. Sensor technologies or advanced driver assistance systems enable the digitalisation of information for control and communication, and allow the automation of certain functions. For example, adoptive cruise control, parking assist and fatigue recognition are becoming more common fixtures in motor vehicles.
We expect mass market adoption of autonomous vehicles could markedly improve road safety and reduce traffic congestion and carbon dioxide emissions, enhancing the quality of lives of many.