Artificial Intelligence Used to Create Traffic Control Systems
August 27, 2012 6:05 PM
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The study found that humans are better at controlling traffic than current computers
A new study says that humans are much better at
in urban areas than current computer systems, leading to the development of new ones based on artificial intelligence.
Researchers from the University of Southampton conducted a study that found humans to be better traffic controllers than existing computer systems. They made this discovery through testing for BBC's "One Show," where the host used a laptop to control a traffic light junction at the InnovITS. Thirty drivers then attempted to reach an agreement on the accuracy of the traffic light. It showed that human controllers beat computers when it came to road congestion.
As a traffic solution, the researchers have started developing traffic control computers that are capable of learning from experience the way humans do through artificial intelligence.
"The demonstration carried out at InnovITS Advance indicates that the human brain, carefully employed, can be an extremely effective traffic control computer," said Dr. Simon Box of the University of Southampton Transportation Research Group. "In our research we aim to be able to emulate this approach in a new kind of software that can provide significant benefits in improving the efficiency of traffic flow, hence improving road space utilization, reducing journey times and potentially improving fuel efficiency."
Automakers have even started creating systems that can
prevent traffic jams
, like Honda, which partnered with the University of Tokyo to make new driving assistants. These systems track the behavior of the vehicle and determines if its pace could cause a traffic jam. However, the University of Southampton's AI system could take this to another level.
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8/27/2012 8:45:51 PM
How is this news..? So there's a problem which human intelligence can understand better than current computer models, so somebody simply opines that 'artificial intelligence' could be the saving grace -- without any proof, without any real experimentation (outside of the control), and without any evidence that any work has been accomplished outside of coming up with a theory.
I also can't help but think the efforts could be better spent on the larger picture -- improving efficiency, promoting public transportation, and improving safety. After all, we wouldn't be worried about the cost of millions of cars on the morning commute if one in three people would just carpool or ride the bus.
On a different subject, though.. what do we consider artificial intelligence..? If the definition is merely an algorithm that takes a history of statistical info into account before pumping out a solution, that's hardly all that 'intelligent' -- let alone anything new.
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