Open Data and artificial Intelligence to end jams caused by roadworks
Navigational apps powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) will help operators to plan trips.
The Government is to help operators and drivers to receive warnings on traffic jams caused by roadworks through “revolutionary plans” to open data.
Access to data on planned changes to the road network could lead to the next generation of navigational apps.
The plans will give operators and drivers the confidence to plan important trips without the fear of being stuck in traffic.
The Government chose August Bank Holiday Monday (26 August) to announce plans to open data on planned changes to the road network, highlighting potential traffic jams up to months in advance.
Tech firms could soon get access to this data thanks to a review of legislation around Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) - the orders behind restrictions on the road network that allow for temporary roadworks or permanent changes to the road.
Companies will be able to develop and enhance navigational apps powered by AI, warning up to months in advance of planned disruption to routes and offering alternatives to help save time and money.
Minister for the Future of Transport George Freeman says: “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.”
Working with organisations including local authorities and the Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) sector, the department will “look at” introducing legislation to make it easier to access data around the predicted 50,000 yearly road closures. The Department for Transport says this “builds on the government’s commitment to make travelling cleaner and greener, safer, easier and more reliable.”
The review will support the government’s Future of Mobility Grand Challenge by considering whether current legislation is fit to maximise the potential of future technologies.
The DfT adds: “Evidence suggests that opening up TRO data could also help with route planning systems for self-driving vehicles, cementing the UK’s position as a world leader in developing self-driving vehicle technology.”