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Las Vegas Brings AI to Traffic Lights


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Las Vegas has 30 intersections equipped with cameras and sensors that track traffic patterns.

Las Vegas is using artificial intelligence to facilitate real-time traffic analysis in order to relieve traffic congestion.

Credit: Bridget Bennett/Bloomberg News

Las Vegas is using artificial intelligence (AI) to facilitate real-time traffic analysis in order to relieve traffic congestion.

The system, which uses cameras and sensors at intersections, tallies the direction and movement of cars and passengers.

City officials can view this information through a dashboard to spot trends, with the goal of establishing smart intersections that learn, diagnose, and adjust their operations based on vehicle patterns.

Las Vegas information technology director Michael Sherwood said the model could eventually form a building block for autonomous vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications on wired and wireless networks.

He added that the advent of 5G communications “will actually provide a more robust pipeline of data coming back where we might be able to take advantage of additional data streams, giving us more capability out of the same sensor box based on limitations that we might have today.”

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