Google Using AI To Reduce Traffic in Big Cities

At an intersection in Denver, Colorado, exhaust pours out of a tailpipes from accelerating vehicles onto Santa Fe Drive.

( – Traffic and emissions are most definitely concerns that many people are looking to solve right now, and Google might just have a solution that uses AI to change up traffic patterns and control traffic lights.

Seattle is one city that is getting help from Google after coming up with a way to use AI to eliminate traffic and improve traffic lights. Juliet Rothenburg, who works with Google, stated that they have been working with AI to adjust traffic lights and eliminate stop-and-go traffic.

“Shift a few seconds from here to there and that shift can have a big impact,” she said. She also continued to say that these suggestions from Google can be implemented within 5 minutes, meaning that they can change the traffic pattern at almost any time.

This project is called Project Green Light and the first city to implement it was Seattle, where many traffic issues and tons of stop-and-go traffic are present. Overall, it’s said that the program is being tested across 70 different intersections which can impact 30 million drivers.

Google claims that this project could reduce this type of traffic by 30%, making a huge difference in both the traffic jams we see in big cities and also emissions caused by stop-and-go traffic.

Because traffic is one of the biggest releases of emissions, this is the most impactful area where Google is starting to reduce these emissions. Google says that about half of the emissions are released just from acceleration after stopping, which Google says they believe they can reduce by 10%.

Laura Wojcicki, an engineer at Seattle’s Department of Transportation, said that intersections are a great leverage for tackling climate change and global warming as these emissions are the main thing causing the warming of the planet. She also continues, saying that this program could mean “a lot for drivers and it also means a lot for emissions.”

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