Maryland invests $50M in self-adjusting AI traffic signals

Oct. 30, 2017
Dive Brief:
  • The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is investing more than $50 million in smart traffic signals that will change their own timing based on real-time traffic conditions. The signals will use artificial intelligence to self-adjust 24 hours a day without help from humans.
  • Sensors installed on poles and in pavement will send data to an operations center that will change the signal timing as necessary.
  • Employees will begin installing the signals now on 14 corridor routes across Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Charles, Harford, Howard, Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, and the installation is expected to finish by the end of 2018. This is the latest measure the state has implemented to ease traffic congestion.

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