Cities are adopting smart traffic technologies to cut down on energy consumption and increase road safety as traffic congestion in urban areas is becoming a growing issue. This helps motorists and passengers save time, reduces emissions and decreases traffic congestion.

The technology behind it is built on both software and hardware. The first is the component that executes, and the second is the command and control centre. Both are enhanced by technology for processing and sensing that include ANPR (automotive license plate recognition) which records data about vehicles‘ movements and is able to detect traffic signals.

Depending on the solution, smart traffic lights can process data on-devices or send it to a cloud-based location. This type of solution offers more sophisticated modeling and predictive analysis that can stave off traffic congestion and to harmonize public transportation schedules. In this way, they can reduce the average travel time by 25%, cut the time between signals by 40%, and reduce emissions by 20% according to Carnegie Mellon University.

In addition to the reduction of traffic signals‘ control delays Smart traffic light system can also enhance the flow of pedestrians and micromobility vehicles such as electric scooters and ebikes. They’re not able to adhere to traditional traffic law regarding preemption of signals. In London E-scooter accidents increased by 2800% in the first quarter of 2021. Therefore, it is crucial to include them in traffic lights controls.