‘Smart City’ Traffic Systems Will Reduce Congestion for Approximately 700 Million Drivers By 2019

Link to article from Traffic Technology Today

A new report forecasts that ‘Smart City’ traffic management and parking projects will reduce cumulative global emissions in the order of 164 MMT (million metric tons) of CO2 between 2014 and 2019; equivalent to the annual emissions produced by 35 million vehicles. Not only will this benefit the environment, but it will also significantly impact the quality of city dwellers’ lives, with some 700 million automobiles projected to be on city roads by 2019. The report from Juniper Research, ‘Smart Cities: Strategies, Energy, Emissions & Cost Savings 2014-2019’, found that high levels of city traffic congestion, combined with advancements in ‘Internet of Things’ sensors and software systems, has driven plans to reduce high traffic levels through smart initiatives.

The report argues that the establishment of a sensor-networked and monitored city communications infrastructure, efficiently phasing traffic lights, and providing real-time guidance to drivers, can aid significantly in reducing congestion.

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