Sharjah to set AI-driven signals, sensors, and cameras to reduce traffic crowd

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To alleviate traffic congestion in Sharjah, the Roads and Transport Authority (SRTA) is implementing artificial intelligence (AI) technology in 48 traffic signals, aiming to enhance traffic flow by up to 30 percent. 

In Sharjah, a forward-thinking approach to alleviate traffic congestion is underway as the Roads and Transport Authority (SRTA) implements artificial intelligence (AI) technology in 48 traffic signals. The primary objective is to significantly enhance traffic flow by as much as 30 percent. Yousif Alathmani, Chairman of the SRTA, revealed that these traffic signals are equipped with sensors and cameras, enabling real-time analysis of traffic conditions to dynamically adjust signal timing.

The key innovation lies in the adaptability of the AI system, allowing traffic lights to extend green or red signal durations based on the current traffic volume and emerging trends. Alathmani emphasized that the AI undergoes continuous learning, ensuring the system's responsiveness to changing traffic dynamics. This adaptability is crucial for maintaining optimal traffic flow and effectively addressing congestion issues.

Highlighting the proactive stance of the SRTA, Alathmani mentioned two projects executed in 2023 on Ittihad Road and in the Al Taawun area. These projects were strategically designed to mitigate traffic challenges between Sharjah and Dubai, showcasing the authority's commitment to enhancing the overall commuting experience for residents and travelers alike.

In addition to traffic management, SRTA is collaborating with BEEAH to bolster the electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure across Sharjah. This collaborative effort involves deploying hundreds of charging stations along highways and in various districts, covering key commercial and urban areas. The initiative aligns with the broader goal of promoting sustainable and eco-friendly transportation options in the emirate.

By integrating AI into traffic management and concurrently fostering EV infrastructure, Sharjah is embracing a holistic and progressive approach to urban planning and transportation. These initiatives underscore a commitment to leveraging technology for the benefit of residents, improving traffic efficiency, and embracing environmentally conscious practices in the realm of transportation. As Sharjah continues to evolve as a smart city, these initiatives contribute to its reputation as a hub of innovation in urban mobility and sustainability.

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