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Written Question
Traffic Lights: Artificial Intelligence
Monday 1st March 2021

Asked by: John Spellar (Labour - Warley)

Question to the Department for Transport:

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to integrate artificial intelligence into traffic light systems.

Answered by Rachel Maclean - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

The operation of traffic signal systems and the employment of new technologies is a matter for individual highway authorities and the traffic equipment supplier community. However, the Department is working with the Cabinet Office GovTech Challenge programme to fund public / private consortia to undertake trials of the use of artificial intelligence in the management of congestion, and these trials are developing various forms of artificial intelligence to enhance existing urban traffic control services.